(KMOV) -- A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area early Thursday morning, leaving thousands of residents in the region without power.
As of 7:30 a.m., more than 3,300 residences were without electricity in St. Clair County, while about 1,100 did not have electricity in Madison County. In St. Louis County, power had been lost in more than 3,350 homes.
By 12 p.m., less than 500 homes combined in Madison and St. Clair counties were without power. in St. Louis County, 1,500 were without electricity.
Ameren officials said they hoped to have power restored to all residents by midday.
The storm that moved through the area brought numerous amounts of lightning and rain, and damage was reported in the city St. Louis from Olivette eastward and around the Belleville area.
Thursday afternoon will see some dry time with temperatures getting to the mid- to upper-70s.
Isolated but powerful storms will then develop in central Missouri in the late afternoon and are expected to roll through the St. Louis area in the evening.
“Hail, wind and tornadoes possible with these storms,” said News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton.
Templeton said residents need to pay attention to the weather, especially late in the day and evening as storms break out across parts the area.
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