St. Louis County police spokesman Randy Vaughn says at least 10 homes in south County were struck, and many more in Illinois.
Scott Mosby gives home improvement tips and answers questions on small home repair projects.
Brings to 14 the total number of St. Louis-area deaths.
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In 10 of the 16 deaths in the region, homes had air conditioners that were either off or not working.