Damage and outages await residents the morning after the storms


(KPLR) – Illinois residents have a big clean-up job Friday morning after storms ripped through the area.

FOX2 / News 11 Meteorologist Chris Higgins found damage in eastern Highland, Ill late Thursday night.  The worst damage was on Trestle Road just west of Thole-Procher Road.  Winds flattened a large metal barn or shed.

In Montgomery County, six miles south of Nokomis, winds twisted a high-tension tower and damaged farm buildings.  Onbarn was almost destroyed. There was also damage to garages, a farm house and several trees.

The National Weather Service officials must see the damage for themselves, before confirming a tornado hit these areas.

Closer to the St. Louis Area, Ameren IL crews spent the night quickly restoring power to residents.  By 3 a.m. Friday, less than 1,000 customers had no power. The job was more difficult in Missouri. Over 8,600 customers had no power overnight. Natural Bridge Avenue west of Goodfellow Boulevard had no streetlights or traffic signals.

You can keep track of outages by visiting Ameren MO and Ameren IL.

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