DECATUR- Mother Nature does not want to give us a break this season, between the significant snowfall and record cold temperatures. Mother Nature's wrath added freezing rain and sleet to the mix yesterday, creating hazardous travel conditions and leaving thousands of Central Illinois customers in the dark yesterday afternoon through overnight (numerous people in Central Illinois were still without power this morning). As temperatures flirted with the freezing mark, melting, followed by re-freezing and then melting caused power lines to fail. Ameren Illinois crews have been working non-stop, since yesterday morning, to restore all power. As of early this afternoon, Director of Division Three Ameren Illinois, Daetta Jones, says she hopes all power will be restored; but there will be scattered, single outages throughout the rest of the day. Ameren Illinois apologizes for any inconveniences, but they remain positive, as crews are working under pleasant weather conditions (temperatures near 50 degrees, plenty of sunshine, and calm winds). These fair weather conditions certainly help speed up the restoration process. As of midday on Tuesday, just under nine-hundred people in Macon County were without power, but that number continues to decline.
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