The metro-east remained under a hazardous weather outlook Tuesday morning after severe thunderstorms and rain rolled through the area
Even with large wind gusts and heavy rains, only about 250 Southern Illinois residents were without power Tuesday morning.
However, for a short time Tuesday morning about 2,500 Missouri residents — those near Forder Road just south of I-255 and near I-55 — were without power until around 6:30 a.m., according to the company’s outage map.
The National Weather Service’s hazardous weather outlook, in effect through Tuesday night, stated the area will see the storms come in waves.
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“Some of the thunderstorms will be strong to severe this afternoon, mainly across parts of east central and southeastern Missouri, as well as, southwestern Illinois. The main threats will be large hail and damaging winds,” NWS officials wrote.
The Illinois counties under thunderstorm watch included Madison, Saint Clair, Greene, Macoupin, Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Clinton, Marion, Washington, Randolph, Adams, Brown, Pike, Calhoun, Monroe, Knox and Jersey.
In St. Louis, two people were taken to the hospital around 2 a.m. after a gas station’s overhead metal canopy collapsed onto cars at the intersection of St. Louis & N. Vandeventer avenues, according to fire officials.
Illinois and Missouri fire departments also responded to several downed power lines as the storm continued to blow through.