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Early morning storms leave damage, power outages behind


It was a loud and rumbly night as stormy weather rolled through the metro, leaving trails of damage through some neighborhoods.

The storm brought heavy rains and strong wind gusts, downing power lines and causing power outages.

More than 20,000 KCP&L customers were without power at the height of the storms.

In Mission, the traffic lights were out for a short time at Nall Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway. That was because of power outages in the area, but electricity has been restored.

Father's Day got off to a bang for Lenexa resident Jerry Wagner.

"The wind was a blowing. The rain was coming down. Not real hard but it started raining pretty hard later," he said. 

The winds were hard enough to almost snap a telephone pole in Lenexa.

"I didn't know it was going to be anything that had this amount of wind to it," said Dale Meritz, who has lived in his Lenexa home for almost 30 years.

And when he woke up Sunday, what he saw shocked even him.

"I was real surprised this morning to see all the damage from it. I didn't realize it was blowing that much," Meritz said.

About 1,000 people are still without power across the metro - most of them in southern Overland Park. Crews are working on getting those outages restored.

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