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Power restored to most KCP&L customers affected by outages

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A thunderstorm packing high winds knocked out power to thousands of people across the metro Sunday morning.

In just a short amount of time, the storm was able to do quite a bit of damage.

The storm hit the annual Santa Cali Gon Days in Independence.

Tents were blown over by the strong winds, and the start of the festival was even pushed back a bit so vendors could get things set up again. Weather also caused problems at last year's event.

The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as high as 60 mph and lightning which resulted in downed trees and power lines.

Kansas City Power & Light reported more than 19,000 customers in the area lost power.  Kansas City Board of Public Utilities had about 2,000 in the dark.

A neighborhood near West 71st Terrace and Quivira Road in Shawnee was one of the areas to lose power Sunday. They were in the dark for more than eight hours.

Neighbors said they were frustrated by how long they had to wait for power to be restored, but they were glad it didn't happen on a hotter day.

At last check, fewer than 200 KCP&L customers were still in the dark.

The much-needed rain fell about 0.70" an hour at the Kansas City International Airport and in Olathe.

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