Storm creates power problems

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

SIKESTON -- Southeast Missouri residents faced some harsh weather overnight and this morning. The weather is expected to continue through mid-day Wednesday.

As of 9 a.m. today, four-tenths of an inch of rain were reported by the Sikeston Power Station, which serves as an official observer for the National Weather Service.

The overnight and early morning storms also created some power-related issues. Power was out for a short period in the southeast area of town Tuesday morning, due to a line down on Ables Road, said Wayne McSpadden, operations manager for the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities. He said crews weren't sure if lightning or other factors caused the line to fall.

There were also several blinks of power, but nothing substantial, said McSpadden.

According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms and rain showers are expected throughout the day today, with a chance of rain and sleet after midnight. Little to no snow accumulation is expected.

The chance for rain and sleet is predicted to continue during the day Wednesday, while the precipitation is expected to move out of the area by Wednesday night.

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