According to Empire District Electric, personnel are working to bring in a replacement for a damaged substation transformer.
They say impacted customers should prepare for an extended outage that may last through most of the night as crews work to make repairs.
The Ozark First Baptist Church, located at 1400 West Jackson, is set up to receive anyone who needs a place to spend the night.
If you have friends or relatives who are elderly or have health problems, you are asked to check on them and move them to a safe place.
A Facebook post on the Ozark R-VI School District page says they have power at all facilities and school will be in session for Friday, Aug. 22. The situation will be monitored throughout the night and parents will be alerted if it changes.
Outage map: 8/21/2014 (5:42 p.m.)
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