I live right outside the Loop in U City, and the power is out all around us. We got really lucky though, we have power at home, and didn’t even lose it last night. The power is on here at work, though all but one traffic light was out on the way in. I’m really surprised we have power here, since everthing surrounding my office is out.
We were grocery shopping when the storm hit, and the lights went out just when we were getting to the meat. They came back on, though dimly. They must have been running on a generator. They were still able to check out those of us that were there. It’s rather surreal to grocery shop when it’s that dim - if felt kind of like a horror movie. Most of the ceiling lights stayed off, but the coolers and the lights in those were on. We got soaked getting back out to to the car, and most lights were out on the way home. We also had to avoid quite a few trees, and numerous drivers who don’t know that when a traffic light is out, you treat it like a 4-way stop sign.
Busch Stadium was damaged, and there were some injuries, though nobody was killed. Someone ended up with a dislocated hip, and there were a few more minor injuries as well. Concession stands tipping over, etc.
Most of our friends who don’t live immedietly near us lost power as well, as did my husband’s parents.
It’s supposed to 103 today, with about 90% humidity, so there’s a weather advisory out as well. I’m from NH - I can barely tolerate this kind of weather, never mind imagine what it must be like for all those poor people who don’t have AC.