Work to restore electricity to tens of thousands of Missouri households left without power from the double-punch ice storm that hit the state continues; still 36,000 homes remain without power.
The main focus of restoration work has shifted to northwest Missouri, where the second ice storm did incredible damage. Thousands still have no power in a small portion of southwest Missouri, mainly around the Joplin area. Scattered outages are reported across the state.
Aquila of Kansas City reports that 15,000 of its customers entered the weekend without power. The primary focus of restoration work is concentrated on St. Joseph and the surrounding area. The state’s rural electric cooperatives say their numbers have dropped below 10,000, but still hover around the 9,000 mark. Empire Electric of Joplin has under 13,000 customers without electricity, victims of the first ice storm that hit the state early Sunday morning. AmerenUE and Kansas City Power and Light report that they have completed restoration efforts.