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Early morning storms leave many without electricity in Wichita

A pedestrian makes her way to work through some sprinkles in downtown Wichita on Monday morning following heavier downpours in the area overnight. (Aug. 10, 2015)
A pedestrian makes her way to work through some sprinkles in downtown Wichita on Monday morning following heavier downpours in the area overnight. (Aug. 10, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

More than 4,000 Westar Energy customers were without power as the sun rose Monday following another potent series of summer thunderstorms that doused the Wichita area.

The storms delivered more than 2 inches of rain to northwest Wichita in a short amount of time, prompting a flash flood warning for central Sedgwick County until 7:30 a.m.

At the official recording station next to Eisenhower National Airport, 1.9 inches of rain fell, according to the National Weather Service.

“We had two good bouts” of rain pass through the city before dawn on Monday, said Chance Hayes, warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service.

Thunder continued to rumble with light continuous rain as the morning commute gained intensity.

More than 1,000 outages were reported south of Kellogg and west of I-135 as of abuot 6:30 a.m., according to Westar’s outage map. Traffic lights were also included in the outages.

Common street flooding was being reported, a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher said, but no severe or unusual flooding has been reported.

Skies were clearing above Wichita by 9 a.m.

“The heavier stuff looks like it’s going to slide south of us,” Hayes said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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