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February 26, 2013

Scattered power outages reported from storm, most schools out

JOPLIN, Mo. — For the second time in less than a week, schools and universities canceled classes because of the weather and some businesses also were limiting hours.

Several inches of snow fell across the region overnight, causing some power outages, but it was welcome news for farmers, who want the moisture.

Amy Bass, spokesperson for The Empire District Electric Co., said about 4,000 people are without power this morning. Most of those live in the Galena, Kan., area and in Empire’s service territory in Northeast Oklahoma.

There also are smaller, limited outages in Neosho, Webb City and Joplin, all caused the wet, heavy snow.

The goal is to have most of those customers back online this morning, she said.

Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, Crowder College and its area campuses, and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., all were closed, as were most elementary and high schools around the region.

“It snowed heavily in the late night and early morning hours and additional snowfall is expected at least part of today,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “Closing the campus will give our crews time to clear sidewalks and parking lots. In the meantime, a dedicated group of employees is on campus to make sure the students who live in university housing are safe, warm and well cared for.”

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, most of the highways in Southeast Kansas are completely covered with snow and/or ice this morning. Officials advise motorists to use extra caution.

Due to the weather, Joplin Habitat for Humanity is postponing a home dedication slated for this morning at 2311 Empire. An announcement will be made later as to the new dedication date and time.


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