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Friday, April 22, 2011

CSW BREAKING: Tornado in Metro St. Louis

At 8:13 p.m.- a tornado is reportedly on the ground near Lambert-St. Louis airport- reported by an FAA employee in the STL airport tower- according to a live Web broadcast of KMOV-TV in St. Louis...



Damage has been reported in Concourse A and C- the latter lost it's roof- with windows shattered as well as "minor injuries" at STL airport.



As of 10 p.m.- KMOV-TV4 News reports "planes with passengers on them" still "sitting on the tarmac" on the runway side of the damaged terminals.



There was one unconfirmed report of one of those planes that was "full of passengers was picked up 30 feet and dropped back down to the ground" by the tornado.



"Four" people at STL airport have been transported to hospitals and one person was treated by EMS on the scene and released- KMOV reports "no serious injuries" either at the airport or in damaged north St. Louis suburbs.


The image is of a transportation van that has been blown to the edge of an elevated parking structure at STL.



I-270 is reportedly closed in at least one location near Lambert-St. Louis airport due to storm damage and power lines down across both directions of travel.



At 9:10 p.m.- KMOV-TV has reported that Lambert-STL airport is "closed-" with many flight diverted to Kansas City International airport.

The St. Louis airport is to remained closed for a yet undetermined amount of time while damage assessment and cleanup takes place.



Other damage has been reported in northwestern St. Louis suburbs.


At 8:25 p.m.- there were reports of tornado damage in Hazelwood- signs- trees and a cell tower down on I-70.


Several homes received heavy damage in the Bridgeton area near STL airport.

At 8:34 p.m.- there was an official report of "semi trucks standing on end" and "damage to a house in St. Ann."

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Shortly before 9 p.m.- "80,000 people are without (electrical) power" in Metro St. Louis- according to a live broadcast on KMOV-TV.




There are 2 tornado-bearing storms in Metro St. Louis at this post.




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