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St. Louis Zoo opening at noon after power restored

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ST. LOUIS ( – Thousands of people woke up without power Monday morning.

Ameren Missouri told News 4 Sunday a lightning strike knocked out power to more than 9,000 customers. The outages were reported from the Forest Park area down through The Hill neighborhood. Outages were also reported in Richmond Heights, Tower Grove South and the Central West End.

The St. Louis Zoo is closed until noon Monday due to the power outage. According to a post on the Zoo's Facebook page, the animals are safe and there was backup power to provide them with services they needed until the power was restored. Zoo officials said they will be open from 12 until 5 p.m. They also said the majority of the animal exhibits will be open but there will be limited amenities available so they encourage visitors to bring their own food and drinks.  

A power outage at Wydown Middle School forced the Clayton School District to cancel Clayton Summer and Wydown Summer Academy classes Monday. 

The reported power outages also forced Fontbonne University to possibly relocate some classes Monday.

Ameren officials told News 4 power should be restored to some customers by mid-morning and all customers should have power by the afternoon.

The Zoo said none of the animals were hurt because of the outage. 

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