UPDATE: Power back in St. Joseph, Homer after storm knocks over poles

UPDATE: Power back in St. Joseph, Homer after storm knocks over poles

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.:

ST. JOSEPH — Ameren Illinois reports that as of 8 p.m., power has been restored in the St. Joseph area.

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Original story, published 7:35 p.m.:

ST. JOSEPH — Thursday's late-afternoon storm caused power outages and knocked down utility poles and power lines in eastern Champaign County.

Champaign County Highway Maintenance Supervisor Tracy Wingler said he had reports of poles down along County Road 2300 E east of St. Joseph.

Winds reportedly led to power outages about 6 p.m. Thursday.

Ameren Illinois reported 3,085 customers in the St. Joseph area were without power at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. As of 7:30, the number on its outage map was at 1,754.

In Homer, about 723 customers lost power early in the evening.

Homer Village Board Member Charles Montgomery said that power had been out in the village for about an hour and was back on before 6:30 p.m.

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