Ameren Illinois prepares for possible severe weather

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Severe storms are predicted to impact the entire area of the Ameren Illinois service territory. 

Ameren Illinois has called in and placed numerous personnel on stand-by. In the event of a power outage, Ameren Illinois will be able to quickly respond to impacted areas. 

Ron Pate, senior vice president of Operations and Technical Services for Ameren Illinois said, "The first safety rule is to stay away from downed power lines and immediately call." Pate also recommends people to never go outside during a power outage after sunset because it's harder to see a downed power line that could still be energized and dangerous. 

If you see a downed power line or experience a power outage immediately report it to Ameren Illinois by called 1-800-755-5000. 

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