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Sunday storms knock out power in St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thunderstorms that hit the St. Louis area knocked out electrical power to thousands of residents and caused some flash flooding.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 27,000 Ameren customers in Missouri lost power after the storm swept through the area late Saturday and early Sunday. Ameren said most of the outages were caused by lightning strikes on transformers and substations.

Crews worked overnight to repair the damage. Ameren’s web site said by early Sunday afternoon there were about 6,400 Missouri customers still without power. The company expected all power to be restored by late Sunday.

The heavy rains also flooded many area streets. Police reported cars stalling in high water on U.S. 40 and several lanes of the highway remained under water.

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