(WICHITA, Kan.) — A power outage had some Wichitans suffering through a record 108 degrees Wednesday without their air conditioners. The Westar Energy power failure impacted about 500 people, mostly in the College Hill area. While it didn’t last long, it led to a few scary moments. But, there are ways to keep your home cool, even when the power is out.
The outage started when a relay system failed at Westar's Mossman Substation a little after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Lynette Chapman and her mother first noticed something was wrong when the lights started flickering in and out, until finally they just didn't come back on.
“So I called Westar,” Chapman said. “They were really friendly and said I was, must have been, one of the first people that called. It was fixed fairly quickly after that.”
But the short time the power was out was long enough to get the pair of women worrying.