Thunderstorms with high winds down trees and cause power outages in metro-east

Severe thunderstorms swept through southwestern Illinois on Sunday evening, bringing high winds, rain and hail to parts of the region.

As of 10:15 p.m., at least 30,600 Ameren Illinois customers were without poer, including about 950 in the Belleville area, according to the Ameren Illinois power outage site.

High winds brought down trees and limbs throughout the region, according to reports from Belleville, Swansea, Mascoutah and elsewhere. Trees reportedly fell on homes in Troy, Aviston, Dupo and Swansea, while photos show a roof removed from a building and another damaged at a business in Carlyle, according to the National Weather Service website. A power pole was snapped in New Baden, and Scott Air Force Base reported winds over 61 mph.

Hail at least an inch in diameter also was reported in Belleville, Fairview Heights, Swansea, Cahokia Heights, Marine, St. Jacob and Pontoon Beach . The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency is asking county residents with damage to send photos to its Facebook page.

As the storms swept through parts of the St. Louis region and moved in to Illinois, a number of tornado warnings and watches were issued, including in St. Clair County. No confirmed tornadoes were reported.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis is asking people who had suspected wind damage or hail over an inch in diameter to reach out to the agency. One way to do that is to respond to this tweet on X (formerly Twitter.)