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Power outage worsens near-record heat for south St. Louis residents

Intermittent power outages Thursday into Friday left many people and businesses without air conditioning

ST. LOUIS — Intense heat often can mean power outages.

That was the case in south St. Louis Thursday night into Friday morning, where many people were intermittently dealing with a lack of air conditioning.

People in one neighborhood east of Hampton had an especially rough night.

Near Macklind and Milentz avenues, Leanna Proctor was trying to squeeze the breeze out of this hot summer day on her front porch. An intermittent power outage overnight robbed her of her air conditioning, and Proctor was trying to keep her cool.

“We lost power about 4 or 5 p.m. Thursday, and then got it back, and then we lost it again around 8. We didn’t get it back until 2 a.m.," Proctor said.

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Further east, at Kingshighway Boulevard and Milentz Avenue, Smoking Barrels BBQ owner Dennis Machado is back in business now, but the power outage put him temporarily out of business Thursday evening.

“It came back about 8 p.m. for like 20 minutes,” he said, adding that his business typically closes at 9 p.m. “So there was no sense in opening for one hour.”

The lights were back on in south city resident Paul Munoz’s building Friday morning, but intermittent air conditioning made for an uncomfortable night.

“It was bad. Immediately when it went out the apartment was upper 80s and 90s and it was like – we got to go. It’s back on now, but it takes time for the apartment to cool down," Munoz said.

Ameren officials said most of the power outages were restored by midday, Friday.

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