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Strong storms knock out power across parts of Missouri

Strong storms knock out power across parts of Missouri

May 19th, 2017 by Associated Press in Missouri News

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Thunderstorms packing strong winds are blamed for thousands of power outages in Missouri.

Winds of up to 70 mph early Friday were reported in parts of the St. Louis area, where most of the outages occurred. By Friday afternoon, 39,000 customers of Ameren Missouri were still without electricity.

Strong winds also toppled trees in Kansas City. No significant damage or injuries were reported.

Forecasters say more storms are possible through Saturday night.

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Strong overnight storms have left thousands of Missourians without electricity.

Ameren Missouri reports that 65,000 customers lost power after storms with winds of up to 70 mph crossed Missouri late Thursday and early Friday. The majority of the outages are in the St. Louis area but outages are reported throughout the state. Crews are working to restore power but it isn't clear how long that will take.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage, but several trees were knocked over in Kansas City, St. Louis and other places.

Forecasters say more storms are possible through Saturday night.