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(WGEM) - Power is nearly restored to everyone in Lee and Scotland counties after thousands went without power for most of Thursday following severe storms.
Just 73 customers were still without service at Noon on Friday after the storm has knocked out power just over 4,000 Alliant Energy customers. Lee Co. EMS Director Steve Cirinna says warning sirens were sounded in the city of Keokuk just before 4 p.m. to warn of expected winds nearing 70 mph.
Tri-County Electric General Manager Jane Hurt says less than 30 customers remain without service after roughly 25-30 poles were taken down due to winds in Adair and Scotland counties. While an exact number of customers affected was not known, Hurt described the situation as a "massive outage." Crews from two neighboring electric co-ops were sending crews to assist in power restoration.
The power outages were just part of damage was also reported in the Scotland County, Missouri area. Scotland Co. Emergency Management Director Charles Harris says at 2:45 p.m. a wind burst roughly 20-30 seconds long came through Memphis.
"I always heard about 'wind bursts', but I never seen it before. Trees were bending," Harris told WGEM News.
Harris says no structural damage has been reported, but trees and several limbs are down.
The storm had expected winds of 80 mph as it moved through Hancock, McDonough and Schuyler counties in Illinois.