Pop-Up storms dampen Labor Day weekend

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Approximately 1,000 homes in the St. Louis area were without power Sunday night because of some isolated thunderstorms.

Crews were busy repairing utility lines near Interstate 70 and Jennings Station Road; there were a number of downed tree limbs in and around Forest Park.

The rough weather gave way to cooler weather that was welcome by anyone with outdoor Labor Day Plans.

Organizers of the St. Nicholas Festival in the Central West End are relieved the extreme heat and humidity will be gone on Labor Day.

They believe the heat and humidity kept crowds smaller than expected. The festival will be open from 11a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday.

“It’s been a real roller coaster,” said church member Chris Leara. He’s glad the heat, humidity and storms are over.

“This festival does a lot of good for the church and the community,” said Leara.

The heat did not stop a crowd from enjoying the Bid Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede’s Landing. The concerts ended Sunday night as the cooler weather arrived.

Big George Brock Jr. took the stage after 7 p.m.  He’s a member of the Soulard Blues Band and knows what it’s like to perform in the heat and humidity of St. Louis.

“It’s not as easy at it looks being up on the stage,” said Brock. “You have to stay hydrated.”

The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup will run the final leg of its races Monday morning. The weather should be perfect for anyone wanting to watch. The first race starts at 10 a.m. in Benton Park.

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