High winds from 'Bomb Cyclone' knock out power for thousands in MO, IL

“All hands [are] on deck and ready to go throughout the evening,” says Ameren Illinois spokesman Brian Bretsch.

March 14, 2019 - 5:17 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Monster winds howling as fast as 60 miles-an-hour have ripped out trees and knocked out power for thousands of Ameren customers across Missouri and Illinois.

KMOX's Kevin Killeen reports that repair crews are on it.

“All hands [are> on deck and ready to go throughout the evening,” says Ameren Illinois spokesman Brian Bretsch.

Bretsch says winds from the bomb cyclone cut power for 6,000 customers statewide, including about 500 in Madison County and about 800 in St. Clair County.

“Please stay away from those lines at all times. Keep family, pets, friends away from those lines, and give Ameren a call as soon as possible," he says of downed power lines.

Meanwhile, around St. Louis metro, Ameren Missouri's Ryan Arnold says, “We’ve seen large, full-sized trees into lines; we’ve seen some tree branches."

Arnold says crews have been working to restore power for some 4,000 customers in the metro St. Louis area, most of them in North County.