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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – In preparation for the winter weather slated to hit the region Thursday, Ameren Missouri's Emergency Operations Center opened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ameren employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed, ready to be deployed if outages are announced.

In case of downed power lines, Ameren says you should call 1-800-552-7583.

If you experience an outage, call 1-800-552-7583 or visit AmerenMissouri.com/outage.