Ameren: Hot weather led to Cape Girardeau outage

Heat melted a portion of this wire along the 700 block of Mount Auburn Tuesday afternoon, according to Ameren Missouri.
Heat melted a portion of this wire along the 700 block of Mount Auburn Tuesday afternoon, according to Ameren Missouri.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Ameren Missouri says hot weather led to Tuesday's power outage in Cape Girardeau.

Spokesperson Jean Mason says the heat melted a portion of a wire along the 700 block of Mount Auburn late in the afternoon, causing it to break.

Mason says things like this are pretty common, and can happen year-round.

Mason says an electrical overload also contributed to the break, with so many people running their air conditioners at once, and at full-blast.

Around 1,600 people had no power for several hours Tuesday in the heat.

Work crews had everything up and running again in a few hours.

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