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Thousands of St. Louis area residents lose power; Ameren Missouri opens emergency center

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ST. LOUIS -- Ameren Missouri and Illinois says more than 5,000 people were without power Monday as the utility companies worked to restore power during bitterly cold weather.

The utility says the hardest hit areas were in Jefferson County, where 1,746 customers were without power as of 7 a.m. Monday. Another 1,234 outages were reported in Franklin County, with 1,086 without power in St. Francois County.

In Illinois, between 2,500 and 2,600 Fairview Heights residents were without power Monday.

Other outages were spread throughout eastern and southeast Missouri.

The outages come as the area is under a wind chill warning through noon Monday, with nearly the entire state reporting temperatures below zero early Monday.

The utility said in a statement that customers without special needs, such as the handicapped or those with medical conditions, should consider making alternative arrangements

The utility also has opened regional warming centers throughout the state for anyone who needs a warm place to stay.

The City of Fairview Heights and Caseyville Township established a warming center at the Caseyville Township Building, located at 10001 Bunkum Road in Fairview Heights.

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