Early Thursday storms leave damage, outages, locally

This still from a video submitted by listener Chuch Reiff gives a snapshot of the outbuilding damage incurred in Nortonville by early morning, April 18, 2024 severe storms that left such damage, and power outages, in its wake.

(KAIR)--Electrical crews, Thursday, worked to restore power in area counties, knocked out by severe storms that swept through the local area during the early morning hours.

According to FreeState Electric Cooperative, a number of residents in Atchison, Jefferson, Jackson, and Leavenworth counties were impacted by the outage, with the cooperative, Thursday morning, reporting that the largest outage remaining was that of its Leavenworth substation.

Jefferson was among the local counties hit hard, with local listeners submitting photos and video of damage to outbuildings, including roofs being torn off, as well as downed trees. Affected communties include Nortonville, Valley Falls, and Winchester. WIBW-TV reports that officials began storm damage assessments in Jefferson County Thursday morning, once the severe weather moved out.

Other area counties, impacted by the spring severe weather, have also worked to assess damage.

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