(WICHITA, Kan.) — Shortly after an afternoon storm today, many across South Wichita lost power. At one point more than 4,000 people were affected in Sedgwick County.
Westar energy crews were out working to restore service. The outage did knock out several traffic lights. Police were dispatched to the affected intersections to direct traffic.
A lightning strike destroyed a 20-year old pear tree in Haysville. Nobody was hurt but it came just feet from the house.
"I was shocked. I've never seen a tree get struck by lightning, ever. I come over and looked at it and, you know, thought maybe it was the wind or something like that until I saw the burn marks and everything," said John Sistanich who heard it.