Portions of Missouri are dealing with widespread power outages after the winter storm.
Although the majority of outages are reported in southern Missouri, some have stretched into the central Missouri area. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives reports the hardest hit areas in mid-Missouri are reported in Crawford, Dent, and Texas counties, with more than 1,000 customers without power in each county on Wednesday night. Power outages were also reported in Camden, Dallas, Franklin, Laclede, Phelps, and Pulaski counties.
A number of central Missouri electric cooperatives have responded with assistance. Boone Electric Cooperative sent eight lineman and four trucks to restore power Wednesday in the Fredericktown area, the area that took the brunt of the storm. Co-Mo Electric Cooperative sent 12 lineman and 12 pieces of equipment to the West Plains area. Meanwhile, both Callaway Electric and Three Rivers Electric Cooperative sent a total of15 lineman to Howell-Oregon counties. The heavy wet snow across southern Missouri caused more than 40,000 electric cooperative members to lose power at the height of the storm.
Meanwhile, warming shelters are offered across the region. The Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management and Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District opened a warming center in Waynesville Wednesday afternoon. And the Salem Police Department announced it was opening Old City Hall as a warming shelter. If you're unsure whether warming centers are offered in your area, you're urged to contact your county's Emergency Management Office or local law enforcement agency.