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Friday morning storms cause damage to St. Louis area

Several 5 On Your Side viewers submitted photos of storm damage in their area.

ST. LOUIS — Friday morning storms caused damage throughout several areas in St. Louis and the Metro East. 

In Granite City, a tree fell onto a home in the 2500 block of Madison Avenue.

On route 111 north of Interstate 55 in Granite City, a crash happened after trees and debris fell onto the roads. 

Ameren's power outage map shows 33,694 customers in Illinois without power as of 8:15 Friday morning. 

In Missouri, nearly 23,000 Ameren customers were without power at 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Mre than 3,000 Southwest Electric Cooperative customers were without power in Madison County, Illinois for several hours Friday morning.

Another report of a tree onto a home came from the 5200 block of Grace Avenue in St. Louis. A large tree fell onto the home Friday morning during the storms. This is one of several reports across St. Louis and the Metro East. 

Friday morning wasn't the first time residents along Grace Avenue have had issues with their older trees. The same tree that fell on Tawnie Kane's house had a limb break off and damage a neighbor's car, "We've had a lot of issues with that tree already. We've actually notified the City of St. Louis about it a couple times."

Filling out citizen complaint forms about old trees is a common occurrence in South City. In April, 5 On Your Side reported on a tree only 3 miles from Grace Avenue that damaged multiple cars on the street, multiple times. 

Kane isn't an arborist, but even she could see the tree was doomed, "It was bound to come down, we just thought that they would take care of it before it happened." She said it took City of St. Louis forestry about 5 hours to clear the tree from her house and the sidewalk. 

The National Weather Service estimates Friday morning's storms generated 60 to 70 mile per hour wind gusts. Older trees like the ones in South City, are just no match for powerful winds. 

Several 5 On Your Side viewers submitted photos of storm damage in their areas. Many had fallen trees into their homes or yards. Check out the gallery below.

This story will continue to be updated as damages are reported. 

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