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Storm damage reports from around the Heartland

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By Heartland News

(KFVS) - The line of strong storms that roared across the Heartland left a lot of damage Friday.

The storm claimed a third victim in the Heartland Friday night.  George Arbeiter, 87, of rural Murphysboro died when he was hit by a limb from storm debris.  According to Arbeiter's sister, he came up from the basement after the storm to check on damage and a limb hit him and knocked him down the stairs where he landed on his head.

Two people were killed when a tree fell on top of their SUV on Highway 53 just south of Poplar Bluff Friday morning, according to the Missiouri Highway Patrol.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, less than 3,800Missouri customers with the Citizens Electric Corporation were still without power.  Most of the devastation occurred in Perry and Cape Girardeau counties.  The Corporation reports that 99 percent of all services have been restored in Ste. Genevieve County, but some members in the Perryville and Altenburg Districts may not have power until mid-week.  Additional crews have been called in to help with repairs.

A little more than 1600 Ameren customers were without power at 10:50 p.m. Sunday in southeast Missouri.

As of about 10:50 p.m. Sunday, Ameren reported nearly 39,000 of their customers without power in southern Illinois.  Much of that area includes customers in Carbondale, Marion, Herrin, Carterville, Benton, West Frankfort, and Murphysboro.  Additional crews have been called in to help restore power.  Ameren urges anyone who comes across a downed line to call 1-800-789-2477 or/and 911.

In southern Illinois, the city of Murphysboro set a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The city also asks that anyone with tree removal equipment willing to help out with clean-up to show up at the gravel parking lot south of the police department.  Residents are also asked not to burn debris for the fear of leaking gas lines in the area.  Debris can be taken to the 600 block of Shomaker Drive.

There is no facility for Jackson County residents to drop off debris.  However, they can burn storm debris.

The city of Grand Tower has a curfew that starts at dusk.

Carterville has a curfews at 8 p.m. until all utilities are restored to the community.  Carterville may be without power for several days due to the storm damage at the substation.  Water pumps have no power, but the city is trying to get a generator to restore water service.

At least six trailers at the Racoon Valley Trailer Court in Makanda were badly damaged when trees fell on top of them.  Michael Mays' was in his trailer Friday at noon when a tree fell through his bathroom and split it in half, landing on his truck as well.

A police car and a few other cars were crushed from a large tree that fell on a carport at the Chateau du Mont condos in Murphsyboro.  The police chief tells Heartland News several thousand dollars worth of damage was done.  The mobile command unit for Murphysboro police was totaled after wind knocked the communications tower over on top of it.

The owners of a trailer home destroyed in a fire Saturday morning in Alto Pass say the fire started after electricity was restored to the home after the storm knocked out power. 

Strong winds destroyed the gym at Christ Lutheran School in Jacob, Illinois.  No students were injured.

In Missouri, as of 7:30 p.m. 9,800 Citizens Electric customers were without power in Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois and Perry counties. No estimated restoration times were available Friday night. 

Strong winds caused Oak Ridge Schools to dismiss at 1:45 p.m.  However, no buses could run because of several downed trees on roads in the area.  The storms knocked the windows out of at least 19 cars in the elementary school parking lot.

Several buildings sustained damage in Fredericktown.  The storm blew windows out at the Madison County Courthouse.  The Madison County Sheriff's Department asks folks to stay out of the county as clean up continues.

Lesterville High School cancelled their graduation Friday.  Southern Illinois University postponed graduation ceremonies until Saturday.

The Missouri Highway Patrol also reports the storm has ripped the roof off the Ripley County Courthouse in Doniphan.

Heartland News Meteorologist Brian Alworth is getting reports that there is a tornado on the ground in Jackson County, IL.

Doniphan R1 schools closed at 1 p.m. because power was knocked out.

Joppa Maple Grove School District 38 is dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

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