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ST. LOUIS – Ameren Missouri has opened its Emergency Operations Center to manage their response to power outages across the area from high winds.

Ameren Missouri is expediting the restoration process by holding crews in all operating centers and deploying them to the hardest hit areas.

"Crews will be working into the night to restore power," said Michael Moehn, senior vice president of Customer Operations at Ameren Missouri. "We are assessing the damage and restoring power as quickly and safely as possible."

Residents are reminded to stay clear of downed power lines. If you see a downed line, call 911 and Ameren Missouri at 1-800-552-7583. Always assume lines are energized.

Outages can be reported to Ameren Missouri by calling 1-800-552-7583 or through their website.