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Crews Restoring Power As High Winds Persist Into Evening
Thursday, March 14, 2019

5:20 p.m.

Southwestern Electric crews have restored power to more than 1,500 members today as high winds moved across the co-op’s service area, dropping trees into power lines, breaking poles and damaging fuses.

Presently, about 150 members are without power. Crews are on site making repairs at locations in Madison, Bond and Fayette counties. Linemen will be on call throughout the evening, responding to outages as winds continue to buffet the Midwest.

Southwestern crews made repairs in several counties today as strong winds pummeled Missouri and Illinois, bringing down trees and moving limbs into lines. At 12:15 p.m., about 1,130 members were without power.

A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service this morning forecast sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts reaching 60 mph. Winds of this magnitude are likely to drop trees into rights-of-way, break utility poles and bring down power lines.

Members are cautioned to avoid downed and low-hanging lines, as they be energized or become energized at any time.