Sunny, much colder as region cleans up from storms

News-DemocratApril 4, 2014 

After 24 hours of rough weather, skies cleared and colder temperatures arrived Friday in the metro-east.

The torrential downpours and hail that pelted the area Thursday were followed by dry weather in the afternoon.

While it won't be as windy as it was Thursday, winds will continue throughout the day Friday, with gusts of up to 36 mph. The high temperature of 60 degrees was reached just after midnight. During the daytime hours the temperature is expected to remain in the 40s.

The low will drop to 33 overnight and on Saturday sunny skies and a high of 55 are expected. The temperature will drop to 35 Saturday night and on Sunday it will be partly sunny with a high of 59.

The break in the weather should allow time to clean up from the damage of Thursday. High winds knocked down trees and power poles in the metro-east during the first round of the severe storms, which were announced at 5:15 a.m. with the sounding or tornado warning sirens.

Power was lost in pockets across the metro-east including at Scott Air Force base. Trees smashed a car and sliced through one house in Belleville while ripping off part of the roof and demolishing the chimney on another.

During the later round of storms Thursday evening, a gust of 75 miles an hour was reported in Cahokia and tornado sirens blared again. In Granite City cars and homes were damaged by hail of an inch or more in diameter and streets were flooded by downpours.

Only about 100 Ameren customers remained without power Friday morning. About 4,000 were without electricity at the peak of the outage, according to the company's outage map.

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