(KMOV.com) - Severe storms moved through the St. Louis-area Friday night, causing widespread power outages in Missouri and Illinois.
Ameren Missouri officials say they have about 800 crew members out in full force in an effort to restore power to the thousands in the dark following Friday night’s storms.
As of 4:30 p.m. there were approximately 80,000 St. Louis area residents without power. Most of them lived in Bridgeton (5,000), Florissant (11,000), Hazelwood (5,000) north St. Louis County (11,000) and St. Charles (5,000).
In the Metro-East, 5,000 people were without electricity in Edwardsville. More than 25,000 are without power statewide.
Officials with Ameren say customers affected by the outages should have a battery-powered radio, flashlights, drinking water, canned-no cook food, first aid kit and a supply of necessary medications readily available.
Customers without power should contact the Customer Service Center at 1-800-552-7583 or go to the Outage Center at AmerenMissouri.com, where they can also access outage information. Call the Customer Service Center or 911 immediately if you see downed power lines.