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Severe thunderstorms leave thousands without power in parts of America

A severe storm passed through the region Saturday night, leaving thousands without power in the metro-east, according to Ameren Illinois.
 
In St. Clair County, 1,809 households didn’t have power as of 7:30 a.m., according to Ameren’s outage map. In Belleville, 623 households were without power as of 7:30 a.m.
 
Madison County had 18,076 homes without power as of 9:40 a.m. In Edwardsville, power lines were downed and several trees fell, according to the Edwardsville Fire Department. Firefighters warned residents against going near downed wires.
 
The storm also struck St. Louis County, leaving 23,704 households without power Sunday morning, according to Ameren Missouri. In St. Charles County, Mo., 16,271 households were without power.
 
Ameren crews, police and firefighters responded to reports of wires down and tree limbs in roadways early Sunday, according to police scanner traffic. Ameren activated its Emergency Operations Center at 7 a.m. Sunday. At the peak of outages, 40,021 Ameren Illinois customers lost power because of the storms.
 
Ron Pate, senior vice president of Operations and Technical Services for Ameren Illinois, said the company will address downed power lines and outages at hospitals and other critical facilities first.
 
“Our crews are focused on repairing large transmission lines followed by the distribution lines and feeder circuits that bring power to neighborhoods and customer premises,” Pate said in a statement. “All of our customers can be assured that we are working to bring everyone back on as quickly and safely as possible.”
 
In Troy, the storm affected traffic lights, though power was restored by 10 a.m. Police reminded residents to treat powerless traffic lights as four-way stops.
Courtesy of bnd.com