Powerful winds blowing across the Midwest trigger power outages

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A woman has her hair fluttering in the wind during stormy weather near the lake Ammersee in the small Bavarian village of Herrsching, southern Germany, on March 31, 2015. Storm front “Niklas” sweeping over the whole country reaches a speed of 140 kilometers per hour, according to meteorologists. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS - A powerful storm system is crossing the Midwest sweeping in strong winds and colder temperatures. Tuesday will be very winy with wind gusts of 30 to 55 mph at times resulting in some tree and powerline damage.

Ameren has reported more than 18,000 customers without service in Missouri; many of those customers are located in St. Louis County.

Illinois has reported about 15,000 outages statewide.

The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings and advisories for almost the entire state. Forecasters predicted gusts of up to 60 mph and warned that travel would be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.

If you need help getting your power restored, you can call Ameren at 1-800-552-7583.

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