Yesterday's winter storm which hit St. Louis turned out to be mostly sleet and ice with a topping of late night snow. However, the ice was so thick and so pervasive, it downed tree limbs and power lines. This morning we have awakened to deja vu all over again as half a million homes in the metro area are without power. This is almost a duplicate situation from last July's massive storm which left almost a million people in the dark for a week.
With temperatures in the teens and low twenties, having to wait days for a restoration of power will be tough sledding...so to speak. A nightmare returns.
We have no power, and from all indications it will take several days at best for Ameren UE to restore it. They have to start with individual relay stations and then work house to house throughout the St. Louis area. Most of Collinsville is out. Holy Cross Lutheran church had power during the late night and the pastor and members showed up readying the facility for use as a warming center, but at 7 this morning power went out there too.
The only good thing is that we have a laptop with some battery power left and a Verizon cell signal card which we can use to access the internet. How long that will last is anybody's guess.