Hundreds Without Power in St. Johns

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The City of St. Johns spent Thursday cleaning up down power lines and broken branches. Clinton County was one of the areas hit hardest by the early morning thunder storm.

"We're a small community and it taxed us well but I think we stood up to that task," said St. Johns Director of Public Safety Michael Madden.

However, the work is not over. As of Thursday afternoon, hundreds of people in St. Johns are still in the dark, meaning no air conditioning or fans in near triple-digit temperatures.

Kristen Wilson was lucky enough to have electricity restored later in the day, but says that's after spending more than 12 hours without it.

"My sister took my girls to her house and she had power, so they had air conditioning there and luckily, our wonderful neighbors have a pool that we're able to use," Wilson said.

Madden wants to remind those still without power that help is available. The Red Cross has opened a cooling center at the Gateway North Elementary School. The center will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Water and food will be provided.

Electricity is expected to be back on by Friday night.

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