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Illinois and Missouri face power outages in intense temperatures

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Crews in Monroe County, Illinois work to restore power on July 19. Credit: KMOV Crews in Monroe County, Illinois work to restore power on July 19. Credit: KMOV

Authorities say at least 800 people in Monroe County, Illinois were without power in hot temperatures Tuesday.

In Monroe County a transformer blew, forcing an entire town to brave scorching temperatures for several hours. Some of those residents are seniors at a senior living facility.

Fire crews in Valmeyer, Illinois say they brought generators to the facility to make sure people who need oxygen are still able to receive it and more if needed.

The power was restored after six hours.

In Ferguson, Missouri an entire neighborhood had to deal with the heat for more than 12 hours. Authorities say a huge tree is responsible for the outage.

“With no power we had to move into a hotel for the night,” said Jerry Hawkins, a Dellwood, Missouri resident.

Hawkins says he and 58 of his neighbors had to go without power for more than 12 hours. One of Hawkins neighbors, Keith Gladney, says he decided to deal with the heat and stay home.

“The basement was nice and cool so we all went down to the basement and we kind of snuggled up in the basement,” said Hawkins.

Crews say they were able to restore the power in Dellwood, Mo. on July 19. 

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