(KFVS) - Power was restored to all customers of Citizens Electric on Friday, Feb. 26, two days after the Heartland saw rain, snow and strong winds.
The company reported the power was back on for all customers at around 2 p.m. on Friday.
They reported on Friday morning there were still about 30 customers without power in Perry County, Mo. That was down from the 740 customers who were in the dark until Thursday and the 16,000 customers who experienced brief outages on Wednesday.
The company said the outages were due to severe winds and snow on the lines.
At one point, Ameren Illinois reported more than 152,000 outages in Illinois caused by 45-55 mph wind gusts and heavy snow.
The Heartland saw widespread rain, snow and strong winds on Wednesday, February 24.
That same system developed to the south producing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes along the Gulf Coast States.
Winds gust as high as 50 mph at times on Wednesday as the storm moved through.
In addition to the wind and rain, parts of the Heartland also saw some snow.
Throughout Wednesday morning, rain mixed with and changed to snow across the western counties. The snow was heavy at times, causing reduced visibility and slick travel.
That, in combination with the strong gusty winds, caused thousands of power outages across the Heartland's northwestern counties.
Wednesday's road conditions
I-55 in Cape Girardeau had slush on it, which caused slicker than normal conditions. The weather was likely to blame for a two-car wreck near mile marker 109, north of Fruitland.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the weather was to blame for four stranded motorists, and five wrecks. By 6:30 a.m. roads were covered in snow in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron and Madison counties.
The Bollinger County Sheriff's Office said road conditions deteriorated quickly. The office had reports of multiple vehicles off the road north of Marble Hill from about OO Highway North to Perry County line. They advised people to stay in and not drive.
The Jackson Police Department also said it got several reports of vehicles off the roadway and wrecks.
The Cape Girardeau Police Department reported water on the road on Sheridan Drive between Independence Street and William Street.
According to the Perry County Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Route 154 between Rose of Sharon Rd. and Lost Prairie Rd. was reduced to one lane due to downed power poles. They asked drivers to use extreme caution when driving on roadways.
Ameren also assigned crews to repair pole and line damage at N. Washington and Grant Ave.
Ameren said gusty winds were likely the cause for the outage.
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