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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.
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.
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.