Emporia High School and Flint Hills Technical College students got an unexpected day off Wednesday when a power outage caused by early morning thunderstorms knocked out electricity to the area.
Several lines and power poles in the area were knocked down after a couple rounds of powerful thunder and lightning. The outage was reported at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The power was not restored until about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Emporia Public Schools sent out the following statement shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday:
“Attention Emporia High School Families.
Due to a Westar Power outage, there will be no classes at EHS today, Wednesday, August 21st. All other buildings will have classes as scheduled. EHS staff do not need to report. Custodial staff, please report as scheduled.”
According to Westar Energy‘s outage map, about 80 customers in Emporia were impacted by the outage.