UPDATE: Area residents get anywhere from 1-3 inches of rain; power outages largely restored

UPDATE: Area residents get anywhere from 1-3 inches of rain; power outages largely restored Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Significant power outages are now almost fully resolved after storm activity early Sunday.

Outages developed from Emporia to Neosho Rapids to Lebo shortly after 4 am, knocking most of Lebo and at least parts of Neosho Rapids offline -- causing outages to over 550 total customers. Those outages have been restored.

Lyon-Coffey has about 15 scattered outages near Americus, Hartford, Neosho Rapids and Lebo as of 11 am. Outages near Olpe have been resolved.

9 am Sunday: Early-morning storms bring heavy rain, road closure, power outages to Emporia area

Thunderstorms early Sunday weren't severe, but they still caused a series of problems as they pushed across the area.

Storms have already dumped anywhere from 0.75 inches to around two inches of rain across parts of the KVOE listening area:

*KVOE studios: 1.5 inches
*East Emporia: 2 inches
*Emporia Municipal Airport: 0.98 inches
*Allen: 1.5 inches
*Bushong: 0.80 inches
*Neosho Rapids: 2.2 inches
*Osage City: 2.07 inches

Additional thunderstorms and a marginal risk of high wind are in the picture until late morning, and with the rain from this morning there has been at least one schedule adjustment:

*Lyon County Fair swine show starts at 8:30 am instead of 8 am.

There is also one road closure in Lyon County:

*1300 block Road M

Significant power outages have affected parts of the KVOE listening area for the second straight day, although the activity Sunday morning was directly tied to the storms that rolled through. Outages developed from Emporia to Neosho Rapids to Lebo shortly after 4 am, knocking most of Lebo offline and causing outages to over 550 customers all told. Less than 10 are currently without power in Lebo, with smaller outages near Admire and Reading. Lyon-Coffey has about 60 customers offline, with about 40 without power near Olpe and scattered outages near Americus, Hartford, Neosho Rapids and Lebo.

Saturday had bird-related outages knocking down power to over 700 Westar customers in Americus, Bushong and Allen. A circuit overload during a power transfer then shut down power to another 160 Westar customers from Allen east to Miller. Those outages have been restored.

If you have rain totals, call KVOE at 342-1400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for information about Sunday's heat advisory for Lyon, Coffey and Greenwood counties.

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