SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - High winds are causing problems for utility crews, drivers and firefighters in and around Springfield this early afternoon.
At 12:25, emergency crews were called to numerous areas at which traffic signals had gone out along Primrose Street, Glenstone Avenue and Sunshine Street. Two light poles were snapped on Sunshine Street just east of the intersection with Glenstone; police were also on scene of sagging power lines at the Dillon's supermarket on West Battlefield Road near its intersection with Kansas.
City Utilities spokesman Joel Alexander said there are a "scattered" number of outages, but did not provide an exact number; however, he did say there are roughly 400 calls into the outage system.
Also, according to Alexander, a tree limb brought down a conductor and light pole there, causing traffic tie-ups.
Firefighters in several areas have been extinguishing small grass fires throughout the morning. Calls have originated from near Fair Grove, Bois D'Arc and a couple areas in Springfield.