ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX)(UPDATED 2:18 pm.) There are still over 28,000 Missouri customers without power.

Ameren says they are continuing restoration efforts and are adding 250 workers to start first thing Saturday morning.

As previously reported:

Nearly 42,000 Ameren Missouri customers are still in the dark at this hour.

Asst. V.P. of Operations Kevin Anders tells KMOX’s Michael Calhoun it could be awhile before everybody’s power is back on.

“We will not finish the storm restoration effort today, but we’ll get those numbers down quite a bit,” he says.

He says Ameren will have a better idea just how long others will have to wait later Friday night into Saturday morning, after damage assessment is completed.

Anders says they’re using choppers and drones to survey the damage.

One problem — just as soon as they get a few thousand customers back on, a tree limb knocked loose by the morning’s storms will fall and take a few thousand new customers offline.

Our previous reporting is as follows:

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.

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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.

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