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Power restored to most of the Four States

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Thousands of people lost power because of the latest winter storm and for some that meant it was not business as usual.

Businesses such as Food 4 Less in Joplin had to turn customers away because blown transformers meant no electricity.  The grocery store, along with Starbucks, McDonalds, several hotels and motels and National Health Care Nursing Home are all on the same grid at 32nd and Range Line making them a high priority.

Crews managed to restore power in a few hours but an Empire District Electric spokesperson says each outage is unique.

"Are we able to do some switching - sometimes able to do that - problem on one line, able to switch and return people to power quickly," says Amy Bass, the Director of Corporate Communications for Empire District Electric.  "If we have to replace equipment that may take a little bit longer."

Bass says all power has been restored in the Empire service area.

Empire did not need to call in extra crews to handle outages in this storm.  At it's peak 4,000 customers were without electricity.

Joplin wasn't the only area to experience power outages.

New-Mac Electric says they had around 4,500 outages across 11 counties at about 4:30 this morning.  By 7 a.m. that number was down to 37 and New-Mac says they are back to normal operation after it lost power at four substations.

Also at 7 a.m., Heartland Rural Electric reported 1,700 customers without power.

Barton County Electric Coop says it too was experiencing wide spread outages, but by 3 p.m. reported that power had been restored to all members.

Kansas City Power & Light provides service as far south as Nevada, Missouri and says at one point about 5% of their customers were without power - 78,000.  650 linemen, crews and contractors continue to work to restore power.  At last report KCP&L said power had returned to more than 60% of those who had lost it in the storm.

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