Damaging winds wreak havoc on St. Louis region; high winds continue


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on February 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 6:47 PM

(KMOV) -- A cluster of storms hit the St. Louis area on Thursday, and strong winds caused damage and power outages across several parts of the region.

Fayette and Montgomery counties were under tornado warnings until about 5 p.m., though it was unclear if a funnel cloud made an appearance.

By 6 p.m. Thursday, there were nearly 35,000 without power in Missouri and Illinois as high winds took down power lines trees.

Photos: Heavy winds slam St. Louis region

The storm moved out of the area quickly, but non-thunderstorm wind gusts to 50-plus mph lingered into the evening.

High winds also toppled a tree in the 4800 block of Austrie Ave. in south St. Louis, crushing a car and blocking some of the roadway as it came down.

Ameren crews worked to restore power to the 4400 block of W. Pine in the Central West End after a tree knocked down a line.

Earlier in the night, wires were also down across W. Florissant south Chambers in Dellwood.

Friday’s high temperature will be around 55 degrees with wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

"Gusty winds return, although not as strong and damaging," said News 4 Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt.

Temperatures on Saturday will stay in the low 50s under partly cloudy conditions.