(KMOV.com) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday toured neighborhoods in St. Charles County damaged by a tornado that swept through the area the night before.
The weather service’s Jayson Gosselin says the 1,000-yard-wide twister that hit portions of St. Charles County and portions of north St. Louis County was an EF-3, which has winds between 136 and 165 mph.
Authorities said the tornado went on a 22-mile damage path through the southern and eastern parts of St. Charles into north St. Louis County.
Officials say eight people suffered minor injuries during the storms, which left 74 homes in St. Charles County uninhabitable due to extensive damage. Authorities said they expect that number to rise as more damage assessment reports come in.
During his visit, Nixon met with local and emergency response officials to assess the damage. Nixon conducted aerial and ground tours of affected areas and was joined by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann.
“Missouri has been hit by several rounds of severe storms in the past few weeks, and last night’s dangerous weather follows several days of heavy rain,” Gov. Nixon said. “I want to assure Missourians that the state will continue to work closely with local communities. Because many streams and rivers are overflowing their banks, we will need to stay vigilant in both monitoring and responding to flooding across the state as well. This remains a dangerous situation.”
Emergency officials said more than 100 homes in St. Charles County had light to moderate damage, though those numbers could also rise.
Homes in Whitmoor, Cambridge Crossing, Greensboro and Haversham, Camelot, Arena Parkway and River Bend Estates sustained the most damage, according to officials.