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Storms wallop St. Louis region Monday

Storms wallop St. Louis region Monday

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More storms are brewing across the Midwest after heavy rain and wind rolled through the St. Louis region Monday, leading to the death of a 51-year-old woman in Pevely when a tree fell on her. A large band of storms had stretched from near Jefferson City to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and forecasters are calling for more rain to move through the region in the coming days.

Rainfall totals in the area are exceeding the level of precipitation at this point last year, with the latest storm knocking down trees and utility lines, cutting off power to tens of thousands and leading to some river flooding.

Storms will continue Wednesday through Friday, with highs in the mid 80s to around 90, according to Jim Sieveking, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Weldon Spring. Thunderstorms are possible each day, but nothing severe.

“It looks like (storms) will fall mostly south of Interstate 70, south of St. Louis,” Sieveking said. “Those locations from the eastern Ozarks to southwest Illinois will see the heaviest rainfall. As far as seeing sunny skies and clear weather, our forecast doesn’t show that until next week.”

The region has seen almost 40 inches of rainfall compared with 37 inches at this time last year, Sieveking said.

Wind gusts as high as 65 mph were recorded Monday evening and pea- to marble-sized hail was reported near Sullivan in Franklin County. There were reports of trees falling on homes, such as in Arnold in Jefferson County and off Jungs Station Road in St. Peters in St. Charles County.

More than 20,000 Ameren Missouri customers remained without power by early afternoon Tuesday, according to Ameren’s power outage map. Crews worked overnight Monday to restore power to more than 50,000 customers in Missouri alone, but an Ameren official said he expects some to not have power back until Wednesday.

“It will certainly extend beyond (Tuesday), certainly into (Wednesday), for some of our customers,” said Patrick Smith, vice president, division operations for Ameren Missouri.

Ameren serves more than 1.2 million customers in Missouri and similar numbers in Illinois. At the peak of outages, Missouri had more than 78,000 customers without power.

Smith said crews are continuing to assess damage Tuesday and into Wednesday. He urges customers to remain safe by staying away from downed power lines. Smith said customers can call Ameren to report problems at 800-552-7583.

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