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Storms Cut Power to Thousands, Down Trees Around Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City Utilities crews are working to restore power to about 550 customers after this morning's storms.

Updated at 11 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City Utilities crews are working to restore power to about 550 customers after this morning's storms.

Around 2 a.m. a cluster of storms grew in intensity as it approached Greene and Christian counties. Winds between 50 and 70 miles per hour were reported, with numerous small trees and branches reported down.

The National Weather Service reports a tree snapped in a yard in Republic, along with quarter-sized hail in Battlefield. KOLR10 viewers report broken limbs and a broken power pole, along with outages in Nixa, Republic, and Battlefield.

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In Springfield, CU says about 1,300 total customers reported scattered outages at the height of the storms. The intersections of Sunset and National; Grand and Glenstone; and Fremont and Sunshine went dark, with officers patrolling traffic for much of the morning.

"Crews are working will restore power as rapidly as possible," wrote spokesman Joel Alexander in a statement around 6:30 a.m.

As of 7:30 a.m. Ozark Electric Cooperative had approximately 1,700 weather-related outages in Greene and Christian counties and in the areas of Republic, Battlefield, Nixa, & Ozark. That's down from more than 5,000 early this morning.

"Crews have been working since that time, but due to system damage, it may take a few more hours to restore the remainder of our members," writes Linda M. Stander, with Ozark Empire Coop. "We would appreciate your cautioning everyone to stay away from any downed or low-hanging power lines as they could still be energized."

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The cluster of storms and showers will push out of the Ozarks early this morning. Most of today will be mostly sunny, but there still could be a pop-up storm or two this afternoon as the upper level energy portion of this system moves through. 

PHOTO: Tree down at Meadowmere and National, courtesy Tim Ellis

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