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About 1,130 Members Without Power; Gusting Winds Moving Limbs Into Powerlines
Thursday, March 14, 2019

12:30 p.m.

Southwestern crews are responding to outages in several counties this hour as high winds pummel Missouri and Illinois, bringing down trees and moving limbs into power lines. As of 12:15 p.m., about 1,130 members were without power.

About 900 members in the Edwardsville area lost power shortly before noon. Crews were immediately dispatched to locate the source of the damage and make repairs. In Fayette County, south of Shobonier, about 160 members were without service.

Engineering and operations personnel also reported scattered outages in Bond, Marion and St. Clair counties.

A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service this morning forecasts sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts reaching 60 mph. Winds of this magnitude are likely to drop trees into rights-of-way, break utility poles and bring down power lines.

Members are cautioned to avoid downed and low-hanging lines, as they be energized or become energized at any time.