Far and away the biggest problem with yesterday’s winter storm were the power outages. At one time, Ameren was dealing with nearly 1200 outages in the county and Southwestern Electric Cooperative was also dealing with many outages. Some of the hardest hit areas were the St. Peter/Shobonier/Augsburg areas that had a very large number of folks without power. Still this morning, there are 18 outages listed in the Shobonier zip code area. Vandalia had a very large number without power yesterday, including several businesses, and there are still 44 outages listed this morning. After dealing with many outages around the county yesterday, Southwestern Electric still dealing with about 1100 outages this morning in Fayette County.