Thousands without power as storms move through area

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 4:41 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 5:39 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – There are thousands of power outages reported in the area as storms move through Wednesday afternoon. The number of outages started to go down as the evening moved on.

As of 4:30 p.m., Ameren had reported 10,000 outages in the Metro East and 9,000 in Missouri. Less than 45 minutes later, Ameren had reports of just under 17,000 people without service in Missouri and Illinois.

As of 9:30 p.m., Ameren reported 3,700 outages in Illinois and 6,200 in Missouri.

There have also been reports of multiple large trees down in St. Clair.

The St. Louis area is under a severe thunderstorm watch through the evening as storms fire off the cold front. A flood watch has been issued from Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The 4Warn Storm Team said the strongest thunderstorms are possible through 10 p.m. with 60mph winds and large hail being the primary threats.