(WICHITA, Kan.) — The triple digit temperatures are already causing problems. More than 2,000 people in West Wichita were without power Monday night. Westar Energy says a spike in usage caused equipment to fail.
Byron Shipman and his wife were cooking supper when their house went dark Monday night.
“I called in, they said it'd be two to five hours that they'd be down,” Byron Shipman said. “And nothing happened after a couple of hours so I called again. Then they said there was a line down and it was going to be around 10 o'clock.”
The outage came during peak power consumption hours in Wichita, the late afternoon. The high temps just added to the strain.
“Whenever we do have higher usage, just like any other equipment when it’s stressed or run a little bit harder,” said Westar spokesman Nick Bundy, “we do tend to see a little bit of an uptick in the number of power outages.”