Thousands without power in St. Louis area due to strong winds

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 10:39 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Blustering winds caused more than 25,000 people to be without power in the St. Louis area on Thursday.

On the Missouri side, about 22,000 people were without electricity as of 5:30 p.m. About 3,400 homes did not have power in the Metro East.

Ameren Missouri Vice President Dave Wakeman confirmed the winds were to blame for the outages.

“The winds interacting with the trees, we’ve certainly had some trees falling, some branches hitting our lines and knocking power out,” said Wakeman.

Wakeman said Ameren had crews all over the area working to restore power.

“We knew the wind was coming yesterday and we had crews in early this morning. We have all our crews out ready to respond to customers,” said Wakeman. “As soon as an outage comes in, we’re getting someone over there. So far they’ve been scattered outages throughout the metropolitan area.”

Wakeman added more power outages could happen throughout the day as more winds were expected in the afternoon.

Click here to see areas without power in Missouri and Illinois.

 

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