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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Sunday night as storms packing powerful winds swept into the Kansas City area.

As of 6:30 a.m. Monday, there are just under 15,000 thousand KCP&L customers without power. That's down from the 75,649 customers that were without power Sunday night after the storms blew through the metro. 

KCP&L is hopeful all customers will have their electricity restored by the end of the day.  There could be some customers without power into the evening.

A tornado watch had been issued for the Kansas City area, but the tornadoes stayed west, south and north of the area. However, severe thunderstorms caused damage.

Wind gusts topped 60 mph. Those storms brought downed power lines and trees. Thousands were without power at the height of the outages.

The downed trees damaged homes, barns and vehicles. High winds also damaged buildings.

The Olathe School District wasn't taking any chances with the possibility of severe weather Sunday night. All graduation ceremonies scheduled have been postponed. The graduations will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at each of the high schools.

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At least two tornadoes touched down in two states on Sunday as severe weather swept the region.

A large "violent and extremely dangerous" tornado was spotted on the southwest side of Wichita, moving northeast at about 30 mph, the National Weather Service said.

A second confirmed tornado was seen near Edmond, OK, moving east at about 30 mph, said the weather service. Another tornado was spotted in nearby Luther, OK, but it was not immediately clear whether that was the same tornado.

Also, an apparent tornado touched down near Wellston, OK, taking out power lines and damaging several homes, according to video from CNN affiliate KFOR. The affiliate's helicopter pilot estimated the funnel cloud to be about a half-mile wide.

"It's tearing up everything," the pilot said. "Just ripping everything up in its sight."

Did you experience severe weather in your area? Send photos and videos to KCTV5's Your Photos, but please remember to stay safe.

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