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Storms leave behind damage and thousands of power outages

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NEW MELLE ( - Severe storms left behind damage and power outages in the St. Louis area Tuesday afternoon.

Ameren reported nearly 25,000 were without power in Missouri and Illinois at one point. The areas most affected were north St. Louis County, St. Charles and Franklin County.

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A confirmed tornado touched down in New Melle. The EF-0 tornado was on the ground for less than a mile, the National Weather Service said.

Several areas saw a lot of wind damage. According to the National Weather Service, the damage spanned roughly 2.5 miles wide and 19 miles long. The strong wind, which lasted for about five minutes, was reportedly traveling 80 miles per hour.

More severe storms possible in St. Louis area Wednesday 

Storms snapped off the top of a utility pole near Parkway South Middle School on Highway 141, knocking out power to the school, although some emergency lights inside stayed on. Nearby traffic lights also did not work, causing a traffic back up.

Students were let out at 3:15 p.m., the normal dismissal time.

In Brentwood, a tree was knocked over by the wind and nearly fell into a home. A tree in Wildwood caught on fire when it was hit by lightning. It was quickly put out by fire crews.

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