FLORISSANT, Mo. - Ameren says the number of people without power has already dropped to around 16,000. In North St. Louis County, people in Florissant are cleaning up in the dark.

Just north of the 270 and 170 intersection, people say the storms brought high winds and a lot of lightening. It's not clear which brought down the large trees, but it is clear, even in the dark, that those downed trees did damage.

At least two homes were hit. One woman says rain water poured through her roof, into her home. People living along South Jefferson in Florissant cleared debris with the help of headlights.

Those who rode out the sudden burst of severe weather say it was a scary few minutes.

Ameren is calling in extra crews, even from other states to try to restore power, but they say some of the outages will likely stretch well into Thursday.

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