Metro-East News

Storms cause power outages; heavy rain out of forecast

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More than 1,200 people lost power due to strong thunderstorms that moved through the metro-east Sunday and early Monday. By Monday, most of the outages had been restored, Ameren Illinois reported.

About 1,000 customers in O’Fallon were without power during and after a wave of storms moved through Sunday about 5:30 p.m. Service for many was restored about 8 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said the storms dumped more than 2 1/2 inches of rain on the metro-east and packed winds of up to 60 mph.

“There were reports in Belleville of branches blown off of trees and a medium-size tree being blown over onto a power pole,” Gosselin said.

Gusts of up to 46 mph were recorded at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia while the winds in Belleville were estimated at 60 mph.

Gosselin said about 2.55 inches of rain fell between Sunday afternoon and mid morning Monday at Scott Air Force Base.

The Monday morning commute was made treacherous by downpours and standing water.

Gosselin said we’ll get a break from wet weather for a few days before it returns, along with higher temperatures, on Thursday.

On Tuesday it will be sunny with a high of 70 and winds from the northwest at up to 18 mph during they day. At night, the temperature will drop to 49 and skies will be mostly clear.

A high of 73 is expected Wednesday with sunny skies. A low of 55 is forecast for Wednesday night when skies will be partly cloudy.

The extended forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms from Thursday through the weekend.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.

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