ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- More than 100,000 households in the St. Louis region were without power after Thursday's severe storms in the St. Louis area.
Severe thunderstorms Thursday brought heavy rains and damaging winds to the area, knocking power lines down and causing power outages. At its worst, more than 103,000 customers on both sides of the river were without power at some point Thursday. As of 7 p.m. Friday, around 22,000 Ameren Missouri and about 200 Ameren Illinois customers were without power.
Ameren crews spent the hours after the storms looking at a “large number of broken utility poles." Majority of the damage from the storm was caused by high winds and large trees and branches being thrown onto Ameren equipment. The utility wants to remind residents that a downed power line could still be live so be careful when walking outside.
Ameren Missouri told News 4 they have more than 700 crews working to restore power. Ameren said some customers may not have their power back until Sunday due to extensive damage in some places.
An O’Fallon, Missouri man helped a cable employee after at tree fell on him during Thursday’s severe storms.
Ameren Illinois activated an Emergency Operations Center to coordinate power restoration.
Ameren officials said St. Louis County saw the most damage in the area and had the most power outages.
The Warrenton Fire Protection District had crews at Daniel Boone Elementary after a roof collapsed and caused damage to the school and houses in the area. No one was injured.