Storms prompt tornado warnings, cause damage in St. Louis area


by staff

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 10:57 AM

(KMOV) -- A massive storm system moved through the St. Louis area early Thursday morning, prompting a tornado warning for several area cities and causing damage throughout the region.

Tornado warnings were issued at one point for St. Louis County and city, as well as Clinton County and St. Clair County in Illinois. They have all since expired.

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The storm that moved through the area brought numerous amounts of lightning and rain, causing damage in several parts of the St. Louis area.

According to the Associated Press, a tornado touched down briefly around 5:23 in University City, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines. No injuries were immediately reported.

Some people were asked to leave their homes in a U City neighborhood while crews worked to fix a gas leak near McKnight.
Power poles were also reported down near Delmar in University City near the scene of the gas leak. A wall also collapsed at an old Walgreens near the intersection of McKnight and Delmar. 
In the 8600 block of Spoon in Olivette, several homes were damaged by downed trees.

In Madison, Ill, the storm scattered debris and blew part of the roof off of a Phillips 66 gas station on Rt. 203 at 3rd St. 

A shed was also damaged in the 300 block of Lincolnshire.

Photos: Storms cause damage in St. Louis area

News 4 crews were working to gather information on other damage in the area.

"These are the most damaging kind of storms," said Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt, "because it's not yet fully light out."

After the morning storms move out, Thursday afternoon will see some dry time with temperatures getting to the mid- to upper-70s.

Isolated but powerful storms will then develop in central Missouri in the late afternoon and are expected to roll through the St. Louis area in the evening.

“Hail, wind and tornadoes possible with these storms,” said News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton.

Templeton said residents need to pay attention to the weather, especially late in the day and evening as storms break out across parts the area.

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