Updated with new Ameren information at 3pm Friday
ST. LOUIS- An Ameren official says it is probably “unrealistic” to expect power to be fully restored Friday in the St. Louis region, one day after thunderstorms ripped through the area, knocking down trees and power lines.
“We’re actively in the field, really understanding the extent of the damage in the daylight,” Patrick Smith, Vice President Division Operations for Ameren Missouri told FOX2 early Friday morning.
Just before 3pm Friday, Ameren tweeted that the majority of customers would be restored tomorrow night, with some still out until Sunday.
As of 3pm Friday, Ameren’s outage website still showed 22,300 customers in Missouri without power, with 14,300 of them being in St. Louis County and nearly 4,500 in the city of St. Louis.
Ameren said as of 11 a.m. Friday, power had been restored to 65,000 businesses and residential customers. The company says more than 700 crew members are fanned out in the state, with resources coming from around the midwest, including Ameren Illinois to assist.
At the height of the outages Thursday, there were roughly 93,000 customers without service, the company said.