One Death, Thousands Without Power After Latest Storms
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – About 80,000 Ameren and Illinois Power customers in the St. Louis area were without power this morning (Monday)
That's down, though, from more than 130,000 that lost power after Sunday's afternoon's severe weather.
The storms included heavy rains, heavy winds, and killed at least one person. Darren Clark, of Ferguson, died when part of a large tree snapped off and fell on his SUV in Berkeley.
Ameren is bringing in crews from parts of Missouri and Illinois that weren't as hard hit as St. Louis to help repair lines. Spokeswomen for both power companies say while significant, the weather outages are not the worst ever.
The National Weather Service received reports of 84 tornadoes Sunday, though there's no confirmation they were all, in fact, tornadoes.
The storms hit mostly in seven states: Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.