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Power still out for about 50,000 customers; death toll at nine

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Jackie Johnson prepares hot meals at the Wohl Recreational Facility in St. Louis on Wednesday. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By Maria Hickey, KWMU / AP

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St. Louis, MO – Ameren says just fewer than 50,000 customers in the St. Louis region are without power this morning (Thursday). Of those, more than 8,000 of them are in Jennings, according to Ameren's website.

The utility says just about everyone in St. Louis City has had power restored.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths being blamed on the storms and power outage is now nine.

Three men who each lived alone in St. Louis City are among the newest known dead. One of them, a 49-year old man, had power, but his air conditioner was not plugged in. The other two were ages 56 and 78.

A man in East St. Louis also died yesterday after being burned while trying to fix a portable generator.

KWMUs Maria Hickey reports on the frustration some customers are having after a week in the dark.

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