Wind blamed for power outages

A Westar Energy spokesperson blamed wind for the power outages that occurred Sunday night and again Monday morning.

Electrical power first went down in Hillsboro and the surrounding area shortly after 10 p.m. It returned about 15 minutes later, then went down again after 20 minutes or so and remained off until around midnight.

Karla Olsen, media relations manager for Westar, said the problem occurred along a main electrical line that services 2,427 customers from south of Abilene to north of Newton.

Westar crews were unable to find the problem in the darkness of night, but did switch affected customers to other lines so the company could restore power, Olsen said.

Power went out again around 7:35 a.m. Monday. Working in daylight, Westar crews found a broken ground wire and fixed it in about two hours.

“We think wind was a culprit there,” Olsen said.

Marion residents reported being included in the Sunday outage but did not lose power Monday morning.

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