Though brief and quick moving, Wednesday morning's thunderstorms caused headaches across Eastern Jackson County and the metro area, and more than 1,000 customers across Eastern Jackson County remained without power into the evening.
The storms hit shortly after 9 a.m., and had largely passed through an hour later, but they left roads and lawns littered with downed tree limbs and other debris due to gusting winds, caused power outages and tossed-about trampolines and other yard items.
As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Independence Power & Light still had more than 900 customers without power out of 65 outages. Peak outage was about 4,800 customers, the city said. The last customers had power restored overnight into Friday.
Also as of 9 p.m., more than 2,400 Kansas City Power & Light customers remained without power, including more than 100 in Sugar Creek, a few just south of U.S. 40 next to Independence and some small pockets in Lee's Summit and near Blue Springs and Grain Valley. Blue Springs said its peak outage was about 2,800 customers.
The Truman Library & Museum closed for the day after power went out, and Jackson County offices at the Historic Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square briefly suspended services.
Independence has a scheduled drop-off depot event 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 875 Vista Ave. – fees apply depending on the vehicle load – but no additional drop-off is scheduled for tree limbs. The city of Sugar Creek said it will be doing a citywide cleanup beginning next week, so residents are asked to put their brush along the edge of the street.