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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More than 6,000 Ameren customers in the greater St. Louis-Illinois metro area were without power Thursday morning following a tornado that touched down around 5:23 a.m.

Kent Martin with Ameren says there were some 3,300 outages in Clayton, University City and Berkley. The outage map also showed several hundred people without power in Jefferson and Franklin Counties. As of 1:30 p.m., just over 4,000 were without power.

 

In Illinois, St. Clair is the hardest hit area, with a peak of about 3,300 outages. As of Thursday afternoon, just over 400 were without power.

Martin says crews are working the damaged areas right now, but reminds people in those areas to be careful around downed lines.

“As we always remind people in times of outages, safety is the priority,” he says. “Please, if you see downed lines, do not go near them. Do not touch them. Please report them and call about any outages and downed power lines. Call 1-800-552- 7583.”

Martin says at this point they can not put a time on when the power will be restored.

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