The winter storm system that has brought such bitter cold and snow to our region is really walloping our neighbors in central and southern Missouri, leading to 24-hour operations at the State Emergency Operations Center and pre-staging of materials and manpower to be able to restore the expected widespread power outages. ZState officials say the emergency management team remains in very close contact with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, MoDOT, National Weather Service, utilities, local response agencies, and faith-based and volunteer partners. The storm is expected to finally exit Missouri later today.
The Governor said that while the number of power outages has not been high so far, the potential for the loss of power continues to be a concern, particularly in southern and southeast Missouri, where the forecast is for the most significant ice accumulation. Temperatures and wind chills are also expected to plummet to record lows in some areas of the state. The Governor said Ameren-Missouri has moved power restoration crews and additional supplies, including a mobile command center, to southeast Missouri in anticipation of power outages.