Locals React to Power Loss During Snow Storm

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COLUMBIA - Reports of power outages continued to pile up as snow fell across mid-Missouri Tuesday. One man said he lost power at about 5:30 a.m. 

"No power. Everything was black. No electricity at all," Ivan Hiltpold said.

However, Hiltpold's household was not the only one on the street that was left in the dark.

"Most of the houses were out of power at that time," Hiltpold said.

Hiltpold lives in the Grasslands neighborhood, off Providence Road. He said his power was only out for about two and a half hours, but others have not been so lucky. 

At about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than 9,000 Ameren Missouri customers and nearly 800 Boone Electric customers did not have power. KOMU 8News received reports of Columbia Power and Light customers who lost power for the majority of the morning.The numbers of outages have been fluctuating all day as crews work to repair the outages. As of about 11:00 a.m., Columbia said it had restored power to all but about 150 of its customers.

Hiltpold said he is actually enjoying the snow despite the power outage. He's spending the day doing what many people around mid-Missouri have been doing for the past several days.

"[I'm] removing the snow from the driveway...for the second time," Hiltpold said.