ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Ameren Missouri is mobilizing personnel and equipment in preparation of severe weather expected Thursday.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for St. Louis and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. Wednesday.
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Active weather is expected along the front and north of the front, and there is enough sheer for winds to rotate. The storms will be mostly north and west of the St. Louis area.
A few storms will pop up Thursday between sunrise and noon, but the main line will move through the area in the late afternoon.
In response, personnel, equipment, and other resources to ensure a timely response to significant power outages are being mobilized.
Customers are urged to use caution during outages.
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"Ameren Missouri is doing everything possible to prepare for potential outages that may be caused by the weather system that will move through our service territory," said Michael Moehn, senior vice president of Ameren Missouri Customer Operations.
Ameren will monitor weather forecasts and track the direction of storms to help identify areas that could see the most outages.
"We understand that preparation will allow us to better respond to any possible issues and outages," Moehn said. "Therefore, we are making sure crews have the necessary tools and equipment to restore power and meet the expectations of our customers."
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Ameren suggests customers have a battery-powered radio and flashlights available, as well as drinking water, canned/no-cook foods, a first aid kit, and a supply of necessary medications.
If you live in Missouri and your power goes out, call Ameren Missouri at 1-800-552-7583.
Stay away from downed power lines, and immediately call Ameren Missouri.
You can check the status of outages in Missouri through the Ameren Outage Map. To check the status of outages in Illinois, check the Illinois Outage Page.