KSDK – Strong storms and high winds knocked out power to around 26,000 homes around the St. Louis area Monday night.

As of 12 p.m., Ameren Illinois reported around 2,800 outages, concentrated from Alton to Bunker Hill to Gillespie, and Ameren Missouri reported only 646 outages around the metro area.

Wentzville appears to be one of the harder hit areas along with portions of S. Louis County along Olive and Page Avenues from I-170 west to the Missouri River. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Wentzville at 11:51 p.m. and ended at 11:54 p.m. Monday. 

Another area with concentrated outages appears to be in southern Jefferson county Missouri.

Damaging winds are taking a toll in some areas of Jefferson County and western St. Charles.

PHOTOS: Viewer storm photos from around the area