Triple-digit temperatures means Missouri utilities cannot shut off customers' electricity for unpaid bills.
Missouri regulators said Friday that state law ensures consumers cannot have their electricity turned off during extreme heat. The policy kicks in when forecasts call for temperatures above 95 or a heat index above 105 degrees.
Officials reported scattered complaints Thursday about some utilities seeking to disconnect customers' power. The Public Service Commission says it is not aware of anyone whose electricity was turned off.
March’s average temperature in St. Louis this year is almost 15 degrees above normal. If the forecast holds true tomorrow, St. Louis’s unusually high temperatures will make this the warmest March on record.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Britt says the average temperature this month will be almost 61 degrees.
“The previous record of 1910 was only about 57.5 so that’s a considerable breaking of the record,” he said.
Ruth Reinhardt's body was found on the porch of a home Wednesday evening. The Belleville News-Democrat says police tried to locate Reinhardt earlier in the day after someone reported that she seems disoriented while walking around the neighborhood.
Convoys of trucks began arriving Tuesday night at the construction site for the Isle of Capri casino in Cape Girardeau with concrete for the foundation. The Southeast Missourian reports that crews worked for nearly 12 hours, pouring more than 2,100 cubic yards of concrete.
The $125 million Isle of Capri is scheduled to open in late 2012. Features are expected to include three restaurants, a terrace overlooking the river and a 750-seat event center.
The heat wave is being blamed in the death of an 80-year-old St. Louis County woman.
The county health department says the woman was found Aug. 2 in her Brentwood home. A window air conditioner was not working and all the windows and doors were closed. Authorities say the temperature inside the home was 96 degrees.
It is at least the fifth heat-related death in St. Louis County this year.