High winds roared through North St. Louis county early this morning leaving hundreds of residents and businesses in the dark.
But there was a potentially dangerous situation along interstate 270 after high winds knocked down power lines after 2am. Power lines were across 270 and St. Charles Rock Road forcing both roadways to be shutdown.
"First we had to get behind there in the interest if public safety and make sure the traffic could go around there and Ameren UE had to actually come out to clear the lines. It took approximately three hours for the crew to go ahead and clear the lines and all the other crew were helping do the traffic mitigation policy were out there shutting down ramps and along with our motorist assist operations." said Owen Hasson of MODOT Incident Management
Late this afternoon Ameren crews were still working to restore power in the area of 270 and St. Charles Rock Road. They were replacing not only power lines but power poles ripped in half by the strong winds. Some businesses were closed for awhile today, but electricity was expected to be restored by this evening.
Some winds topped out at more than 50 miles an hour this morning and windy conditions continued this afternoon.