UPDATE: Power restored for affected Emporians, but nearby Lyon-Coffey customers still offline

UPDATE: Power restored for affected Emporians, but nearby Lyon-Coffey customers still offline Westar Energy map

Power has been restored in Emporia after a major outage that involved several Westar and Lyon-Coffey substations Tuesday night.

Power came back on just before 9 pm to the north half of downtown, north-central and northeast Emporia. Most of Emporia State was impacted, and stoplights at 12th and Commercial, 12th and Merchant and Sixth and Rural were also offline for most of the outage.

The outage apparently started in a substation east of the Road 190-Burlingame Road junction. It also affected Westar substations in north and northeast Emporia. In addition, it has impacted Lyon-Coffey's Americus and Thunderbird substations, shutting off power to residents north to near Allen and Admire, east towards Reading and Neosho Rapids and west towards Cottonwood Falls. Initially, Westar estimated around 500 Lyon-Coffey customers were affected. Lyon-Coffey says about 1,300 meters remain offline some three hours after the outages developed.

The cause is under investigation.

8:50 pm Tuesday: Several Westar, Lyon-Coffey substations affected by outage; over 2,500 customers now offline

Multiple substations across two power distribution systems are being affected by a major outage affecting Emporia, northern Lyon County and parts of Chase County.

Westar Energy says an outage developed at a substation about a mile northeast of Emporia shortly before 8 pm. That particular outage knocked power offline for over 2,000 Westar customers in the north half of downtown, including most of Emporia State University, as well as north-central and northeast Emporia. Stoplights at 12th and Commercial, 12th and Merchant and Sixth and Rural have been inoperable since the outage began.

Meanwhile, Westar Energy says about 500 Lyon-Coffey customers have been affected as well. Lyon-Coffey says the Thunderbird and Americus stations west and northwest of Emporia have been affected. KVOE listeners have reported outages near Allen, Admire and Cottonwood Falls through Lyon-Coffey. KVOE News is awaiting confirmation at this time.

A cause is unclear. KVOE and KVOE.com will have updates as they come available.

8:20 pm Tuesday: Major power outage impacts northeast Emporia

Power is out to much of Emporia on Tuesday evening.

Over 2,000 Westar Energy customers in the north half of downtown, including most of Emporia State University, as well as north-central and northeast Emporia lost power shortly before 8 pm. The outage has shut down stoplights at 12th and Commercial, 12th and Merchant and Sixth and Rural.

Westar is investigating the cause at this time. The utility currently expects power to be restored after 9 pm.

Smaller outages also impact residents near Americus and Cottonwood Falls.

Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for updates.

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