MORNING UPDATE: Distribution line issues lead to major power outages Featured

Around 11 pm Tuesday, over 1,000 Lyon-Coffey customers were offline after an outage developed in Westar Energy's system three hours earlier. Most outages had been restored as of 6 am Wednesday. Around 11 pm Tuesday, over 1,000 Lyon-Coffey customers were offline after an outage developed in Westar Energy's system three hours earlier. Most outages had been restored as of 6 am Wednesday. Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative outage map

A failure in a distribution line apparently triggered Tuesday night's major power outages that ultimately affected over 3,000 customers of Westar Energy and Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative.


Outages across Lyon, Chase and Coffey counties started around 8 pm Tuesday. About 2,000 Westar customers in north downtown, north-central and northeast Emporia and rural parts of the county northeast of Emporia lost power for about an hour.

Lyon-Coffey customers, however, lost power for a lot longer than that. The substations at Americus and Thunderbird that distribute Westar power were offline until as late as 3:30 am. Over 1,300 Lyon-Coffey customers were affected.

Originally, it appeared the issues were at Westar's K-99 substation, which actually happens to be east of the Road 190-Burlingame Road junction. However, Lyon-Coffey says a failure developed in a distribution line. That led to equipment failure and then to the outages that rippled west to near Cottonwood Falls, north to near US Highway 56 and east towards Lebo.

Westar says its outage also affected the north Emporia substation, which serves Emporia State University and nearby parts of town.

Lyon-Coffey continues its investigation into how the failure started in the distribution line and then expanded.

6 am Wednesday: Over 100 Lyon-Coffey customers still offline after Tuesday night outages

There are still over 100 Lyon-Coffey customers offline after a major power outage that developed Tuesday night.


Over 2,000 Westar customers and over 1,300 Lyon-Coffey customers lost power shortly before 8 pm after a Westar substation just northeast of Emporia developed unspecified issues. The Westar outage shut down power for 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 main Westar outage was repaired about 9 pm, but issues continued for Lyon-Coffey customers served by its Americus and Thunderbird substations. Customers north to near Allen and Admire, east to Reading and Neosho Rapids and west towards Cottonwood Falls have been offline since the original outage.

Westar is investigating and has not specified a cause. The company's media relations department has said the outage eventually involved several substations, although it's unclear how many were involved and why they were involved.

Rate this item
(0 votes)
Last modified on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:45
Joomla Extensions