Metro-East News

Storms knock out power to thousands in metro-east

Thunderstorms knocked out power to over 10,000 Ameren Illinois customers in the metro-east on Saturday but crews had restored power to more than half of those customers by late in the evening.

Ameren reported 700 customers did not have service in St. Clair County and over 2,800 in Madison County did not have power late Saturday.

Brian Bretsch, a spokesman for Ameren, said the utility company has “plenty of crews” working to restore power but they have been hampered as lightning keeps striking the region. He did not have an estimate on when all power will be restored.

“We will work through the night,” he said.

Heavy rains pounded parts of the region. The National Weather Service reported 1.92 inches of rain fell at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia and 1.53 inches fell at Scott Air Force Base. Meanwhile, St. Louis Lambert International Airport only had .28 inches.

In Missouri, Ameren reported over 14,000 customers did not have power in St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis late Saturday. A tree fell onto two cars on Chippewa Street in St. Louis, KMOV reported.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday with a high of 89. The chance of rain is 50 percent. On Monday, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and an expected high of 92.

Mike Koziatek: 618-239-2502, @MikeKoziatekBND