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Initial Reports indicate St Louis power system is down

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posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 04:51 PM
Reports are that 400,000 people in St Louis are without power.

Nothing found at this time on CNN, FOX or ABC.

Three articles about large power outages in the US.

AmerenUE officials- Massive power outage not likely in Missouri$rec=117175

Short article on 1965 New York blackout.

Short article on 1977 New York blackout.

posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 04:55 PM
National Guard to evacuate people from St. Louis!

St. Louis To Evacuate After Heat Wave Power Outage

Jul 20, 2006 4:15 pm US/Eastern

The governor sent in the National Guard to evacuate people from their sweltering homes Thursday after storms knocked out power to nearly half a million St. Louis-area households and businesses in the middle of a searing heat wave that has killed at least 17 people across the country.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 05:20 PM
This is interesting, Seems a little odd to evacuate people,?

be interested to see where this ends up.

posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 05:24 PM
From the same article. The power outage occured after a storm. At least 3 buildings collapsed and Gov. Matt Blunt declared a state of emergency.

St. Louis To Evacuate After Heat Wave Power Outage

The storms tore through the city a day earlier, ripping off a section of airport roof and dumping it on a highway. Windows were blown out of a hotel restaurant and a press box at baseball's Busch Stadium. At least three buildings collapsed, and more than 30 people were injured.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 05:49 PM

Here is another report confirming situation in St. Louis. This tv station is about 2 half hours south of St. Louis. The mayor of St. Louis asked for the National Guard.

Mayor Francis Slay requested the orders, asking for 250 Guard members.
Slay has prioritized evacuations from the city's poorest neighborhoods where many elderly and disabled people live. The city is using public address speakers and sending volunteers door to door to check on people.

The city evacuated three nursing homes where power was out. Police said a 14-year-old is in critical condition from carbon monoxide poisoning after the family used a generator to air condition the home.

posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 06:04 PM
Do we have any members nearby the outage area to give us a feel for conditions in the area?

Here's some info about teh St Louis weather:

Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 90s for the early
evening hours... with heat indices as high as 105 to 115 degrees.

The threat of heat related illnesses will be very high early this evening
... As the Metro area swelters through the fifth consecutive day
of this heat weave. This threat will be even more serious due to
the fact that last nights storms has left over 500,000 people in
east central Missouri and southwest Illinois without
electricity... and since the damage is so widespread service may
not be restored any time soon.

Because of these outages... the city of St. Louis is working to
get as many cooling centers open this evening in areas where
power is available. You are urged to take advantage of these
cooling centers if you have lost your electricity... especially if
you have a chronic illness.

and this, potential for sever weather wiht damaging winds

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 PM... scattered thunderstorms will be forming over parts of eastern Missouri and southwest Illinois early this evening. Due to the extreme instability in the atmosphere...the storm development may be rapid...and the storms could quickly become severe. Damaging winds and large hail will be possible.

posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 09:27 PM
Calling in the National Guard to evacuate 400,000 people... because of a power failure?


posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 11:20 PM
Hurricane-force winds. Oil refinery shut down. 450,000 still without power. It will take a long time to get the power restored ("at least 72 hours") + there is a heat wave.

Midwest Storm Cuts Power, Hits Oil Infrastructure

About half a million power customers in Illinois and Missouri remained without electricity on Thursday after a storm packing hurricane-force winds slammed the region, shutting one refinery and briefly disrupting oil pipeline operations.

Winds of up to 80 miles per hour snapped utility poles and downed powerlines across southwestern Illinois on Wednesday night, knocking out service to around 550,000 customers of Ameren Corp. About 450,000 customers remained without power by midday Thursday with services expected to be restored later this week. "We're looking at at least 72 hours, unfortunately," said Ameren spokeswoman Erica Abbett, adding much of the St. Louis area will be among the last to have electricity restored.

Trading sources said the refinery was expected to be back on line in three to five days assuming no damage occurred during the shutdown.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Jul, 21 2006 @ 03:08 PM
Related ATS Thread:

St. Louis area ATS members !

posted on Jul, 21 2006 @ 03:08 PM
we have a lot of people who are getting hit with heat because of no power, hence no AC. The heat index has been crazy like 105 or something.

I have been without power since 4am, but since the new storm ripped through this afternoon, girlfriend called and said the power is out again.
It was like 500,000 people without power, they had it down to 300,000, but it went back up to 500,000 because of the latest storm.

We also have another storm headed this way.

Police have been going around using the loud speaker to let everyone know where the "cool" loactions are. This is what the NG was brought in for. They are setting up temp shelters for people to get out of the heat. The evacuation is basically getting people from their hot homes into these cool locations.

We also have a major mess with trees and debris from the storms. My backyard looks like the trees threw up.

It is not as bad as they are writing about, but the main problem is no power, and a high heat index.

Let me know if you guys have any questions.

posted on Jul, 21 2006 @ 03:17 PM
like I said, from this article,, the NG was brought in not to evacuate the city, but to help people get to the cooling centers and help cleanup. We have a lot of debris in th streets, and the heat has already killed 3 people (I lost the link for that but I am sure it is on somehwere).

By the way, I had a post edited because I was quoting wrong, I am going to read up more on that later when the power is turned on back home, so if I did something wrong by posting these links wrong, I apologize.
I am at work

[edit on 21-7-2006 by lardo5150]

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