Thursday’s wind advisory from The National Weather Service was true to its name as the wind howled through the Riverbend for much of the afternoon and evening and is still gusty at times this morning. Power outages, roof damage, downed trees and a few traffic accidents were the results of the high wind, along with a few minor injuries.
Alton Fire Department personnel responded to the call of a woman who was trapped inside her vehicle after it ran off College Avenue near Rock Spring Park. Authorities did not identify the woman, who suffered a head injury, and are not sure if her car struck the tree or if a downed tree forced her off the road and down an embankment. Elsewhere, the Illinois State Police reported five semi-truck crashes involving the wind blowing vehicles off the road in the Metro East. Three crashes occurred on Interstates 55, 70 and 255, and another on Illinois 255 in Godfrey near the exit for Highway 111/267. Three of the five drivers suffered minor injuries. Along with traffic accidents, there were numerous reports of property damage from torn shingles to broken fencing, downed trees over power lines and across roads, and plenty of stray trash and recycling cans. The National Weather Service reports wind gusts over 60 miles per hour in Alton yesterday afternoon. This morning, just a few dozen Ameren customers are without power in Madison County, but more than 7-thousand outages are reported in St. Louis City and county.