- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A utility says nearly 185,000 of its Missouri and Illinois customers are without electricity because of fast-moving thunderstorms that meteorologists believe may have packed wind gusts at times exceeding 70 mph.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/29ESJ2i ) says the storm Wednesday afternoon knocked out power to 111,500 homes and businesses in Missouri, largely near St. Louis. An additional 72,800 of Ameren’s customers in Illinois lost service.

At least 30 trees were reportedly toppled at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Louis County.

There was no immediate word about how quickly the electrical service might be restored.

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