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ALTON, IL (KPLR) – There’s plenty of damage and power outages in parts of the Metro East Area.

At the height of the storm more than 16,000 Ameren customers in the Metro East were without power.

The storm uprooted trees across the area, sending some into homes.  At one home, 5 trees were knocked down with the homeowner saying, he's lucky no one was injured.

As the powerful storm moved through Illinois, the rain along with wind caused heavy damage, downing trees and power lines in and around Alton.

In Caseyville a tree fell onto a house in the 300 block of Brookside.

In Alton hundreds of residents and business owners were without power.

Authorities say a man in 60's went outside to check the weather and reportedly a tree fell on him trapping him under the tree.  He was treated at the scene by firefighters and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

On Union Street and Warren at tree was blown onto a house and power lines, knocking power out the residents in the area.  Residents in the area claimed to have spotted a funnel cloud during the storm.

Many residents are still without power.  Ameren has crews working around the clock to restore power to affected areas by Sunday morning.

Then residents can begin the task of cleaning up after the storm.