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Power Outages Add To Winter Storm Suffering

Feb 26, 2013

An onslaught of winds and continued heavy snowfall  are dropping power lines indiscriminately around the Kansas City metro region.

A measurable six inches of snow had fallen by dawn, although "fallen" doesn't really describe it. The wet snow is plastered onto most horizontal and vertical surfaces.

Tree limbs, power lines are exposed to being damaged.

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At one point in the 6 o'clock hour, some 2,000 customers in the Overland Park area were disconnected.

The Lee's Summit and Blue Springs area had growing outages.

Clusters of a few hundred were around the region.

Meteorologist Mike July at the National Weather Service sees wind and snow-weight taking their toll--"a combination of that heavy wet snow on top of the branches, especially the weakened branches from the drought, some of the trees that may be diseased are more susceptible to breakage."

July said this morning that, "we are getting quite a few reports from throughout the area, not just Kansas City but over into Sedalia and into Chillicothe."

July does not expect winds to rise much more than they are now, 25 to 35 miles an hour. But it is enough to take out electrical service.

Forecasters expect snow to continue falling through the afternoon. Total storm accumulation is predicted at up to a foot of snow in southern suburbs, lesser amounts near KCI Airport.

Ice beneath the snow makes travel exceptionally treacherous.