Significant damage reported across Metro East following line of storms

Significant damage reported across Metro East following line of storms

Significant damage reported across Metro East following line of storms

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 12:30 PM

(KMOV) --  Several trees were uprooted and homes damaged as winds of up to 40-60 mph and heavy rain thundered through St. Clair County Thursday evening. Marissa and Freeburg were just some of the hardest towns hit by the storm. 

Randy Ley, the St. Clair County EMA Director, says the worst damage was in Marissa. It is still unclear if straight line winds or a tornado caused the damage. 

Tornado sirens went off across St. Clair County and in Fayetteville, Illinois. 

The strong storm snapped a 30-foot tree over at a Freeburg car dealership. It is unknown how many vehicles were damaged. 

Ley said storm sirens were set off after a possible tornado sighting in Marissa although that has not been confirmed. 

The heavy wind gusts uprooted trees across Marissa. One resident found a tree had landed on their vehicle. Another tree narrowly missed landing on a home in a nearby neighborhood. 

Power lines were knocked down in several towns across the bi-state region, including Okawville and Marissa.

According to the Okawville Fire Department, at least eight homes had shingles ripped from thier roof and a large number of trees were down. Power was out at about three dozen homes after trees took down power lines as they snapped. 

Scott Air Force base was also cleaning up after a tree snapped to the ground on the north side of Building 1961.

 

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