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Friday, May 31, 2013

Tornado Strikes Western Through Northern Suburbs of St. Louis

Damage has been reported at the Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights- with other damage also  reported in Earth City- west of Lambert- STL airport..

There was some damage reported at Lambert- but none at the passenger terminals.

Lambert/STL was closed as of 10:15 pm due to "debris on the airfield-" but should reopen by Saturday morning...

In Earth City- it was reported a Holiday Inn Express hotel just south of I-70 and east of the casino was struck.

The "roof" was reportedly blown off parts of the Hollywood Casino and patrons were evacuated.

There are reported a number of tractor-trailer trucks in and around Metro St. Louis that were overturned by strong winds as well as the tornado.

There are homes damaged in St. Peters- as well as a large number of trees and power lines down.

As of 9:30 pm- "no reports of serious injuries" as relayed from a county official via St. Louis TV..

I-70 was closed by the MO Highway Patrol in St. Louis and St. Charles counties as of 9:30 pm Friday night.

As of 10 pm- around 100000 people in Metro St. Louis had no power.

In addition- there is a high risk for flash flooding through the night into Saturday morning in Metro St. Louis.

Live coverage HERE on FOX-2 in St. Louis.

Live coverage HERE from KSDK Newchannel 5.

The St. Louis POST-DISPATCH has a live weather chat on this link.

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