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

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

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.

Never approach a downed line. It may still be energized. Stay away and report to us immediately at 800.755.5000. pic.twitter.com/CFUxMYTLcu

— Ameren Illinois (@AmerenIllinois) March 14, 2019

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.

High winds are upon us! Tweet us if you observe any wind damage. pic.twitter.com/aYaufgDqio

— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) March 14, 2019

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.

With high winds and severe weather expected to impact our service territory through Thursday, we're reminding you to stay clear of downed power lines and always call us at 1.800.552.7583 or 911 if you see them. Our crews are ready for any issues that arise. pic.twitter.com/4QpFSvLbwG

— Ameren Missouri (@AmerenMissouri) March 13, 2019

Here's a list of observed peak wind gusts through 3 p.m. this afternoon. We still have several hours of windy conditions ahead, but gusts over 50 mph should become less numerous after 7 p.m. #mowx #ilwx #stlwx #windhttps://t.co/VaTK0NCdsR

— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) March 14, 2019