WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Thousands of Kansans were dealing with power outages at a time when they need warmth in their homes and businesses. Some of the Wichita outages started around 1 a.m. Thursday, and as of 10 a.m., the power was still out.

The outages affected Evergy and other utility companies and cooperatives.

Evergy said most of its outages were in the Wichita metro area. In the early hours of the morning, as many as 12,000 Evergy customers were without power. About 8,000 of those were in the Wichita area. By 12:30 p.m., the number was about 4,000.

Evergy said its line crews were working to restore power as fast and safely as possible.

“Evergy crews from neighboring areas are being brought into Wichita to assist with storm restoration,” Andrew Baker, Evergy senior communications manager, said. “Near white out conditions are being reported resulting in slower restoration times.”

The City of Valley Center opened the Valley Center Community Center, 314 E. Clay Street, for people without power to have a place to get warm until power was restored.

If you are an Evergy customer, you can report an outage by calling 1-800-544-4857. You can also report outages and check the power outage map at Evergy.com.

Check some of the other Kansas outages through these links:

Midwest Energy
Ninnescah Rural Electric Cooperative
Ark Valley Electric
Prairie Land Electric
Heartland Rural Electric
Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative