Storms cut short Illinois State Fair; leave more than 5,000 temporarily without power in St. Louis area


Morgan Timms

Retired semi-truck driver Frank Helton, of Vienna, retrieves fishing line and a float from Crab Orchard Lake on Aug. 13 during the National Weather Service’s flash flood warning for southeastern Jackson, Franklin, western Williamson, northern Cape Girardeau and Union counties. (Morgan Timms | @morgan_timms)

By Nassim Benchaabane | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — The Illinois State Fair cancelled Friday night’s premier concert after heavy storms hit the area and flooded nearby roads.

The State Fair announced it was cancelling a performance by Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge after closing fairground gates and advising attendees to take shelter in one of the many shelters located on the grounds.

Thunderstorms also moved through the St. Louis area Friday night.


Severe weather was responsible for more than 5,000 outages in St. Louis and St. Louis County, according to Ameren Missouri. Parts of St. Charles County and Jefferson County also experienced outages.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for central Missouri and parts of southwestern Illinois on Friday as heavy rainfall moved through the St. Louis area.

Forecasters said flash floods were possible in Calhoun County and Greene County in southwestern Illinois until about 10 p.m.
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