Independence Power and Light reported as of mid-afternoon Sunday that more than 6,500 customers were still without power after Saturday night's storm.

All across the city, trees and limbs crashed down in the wind. One of those trees was a huge old pin oak tree belonging to Jim Faith, who lives in the 700 block of South Jones Road in eastern Independence.

It happened about 10:30 he said. "It was just a huge boom," as it fell, away from his brick house but right across the power lines and onto the street. He watched as cars approached and turned back the other way. One driver got out and tried to move limbs out of the way. About 12:30, he said, police arrived and cleared a path, and Independence Power and Light marked the dangerous area.

Luckily, Faith's house – which the retired construction worker built himself back when he was still single – had only a couple small branches on the roof and other limbs in the backyard. The pin oak was hit by lightning years ago, he said, and it was vulnerable to the winds.

Further north on Jones Road, which is heavily wooded on both sides, city crews were clearing debris from the roadway, as they were doing all across the city. An update from IPL said many of the power outages resulted from trees, which needed "focused efforts to restore. Additional crews have been called in to assist and every effort is being made to restore power as quickly as possible."

Anyone who has not done so should call 816-325-7550 to report a power outage. The city's power outage map is at

The city of Independence opened the Sermon Center as a cooling center Sunday afternoon and until 8 p.m. Anyone who lost power could use the center at no charge to take showers, charge devices and get out of the heat. They were asked to bring their own towels, toiletries and locks for lockers.

No organized gym activities were planned, but the gym, cardio, circuit and weight rooms were open.

Sugar Creek has opened a debris drop-off area at the lot at Evans and Sterling. Residents of Sugar Creek only can bring their storm debris – no household items – to the lot beginning at 7 a.m. Monday. Call 252-4413 for more information.