ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Thousands of people in the St. Louis area are without power this morning after powerful storms tear through our region. Multiple trees and limbs around the St. Louis region were downed by the storms Monday.
FOX 2 spoke this morning with Patrick Smith, the V.P. of Operations for Ameren Missouri, about the effort to restore power to Missouri customers. He says the damage is significant and all power won’t be back on today.
“We will work throughout the day. We are still seeking to bring in resources from out state and even other companies if possible. But this damage is severe. There was a strong weather system and we’re out at daybreak really getting a good handle on how widespread the damage is. But we’re working as fast and as safe as we can to get everyone restored over the next couple of days,” explained Smith.
We also talked with Ameren Illinois.
A spokesperson says the hardest-hit areas in the metro-east were St. Clair and Monroe counties. Ameren Illinois does expect all power in the metro-east to be back on sometime today.
Power outages weren’t the only storm-related issues. In some cases, trees fell on cars and homes.
In south St. Louis County fire officials believe lightning caused a fire at a home in Oakville at Christopher and Schnell. The fire started in a garage, burning a car parked inside. Fortunately, two older people in the house escaped safely. Authorities say the garage and everything inside it is a total loss.
Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the home. But the heat from the fire was so intense that it melted some of the house’s siding.
We have heard no reports of any serious injuries from the storms.
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