(KMOV) – The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado barreled through St. Charles County and north St. Louis County Friday night, damaging dozens of homes but causing no serious injuries.
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 easter parts of St. Charles into north St. Louis County.
The tornado started in Weldon Spring Heights and moved east through Harvester, Earth City, Bridgeton and Ferguson. Its end point has not been determined.
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.
Emergency official said more than 100 homes 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.
Two area middle schools, Barnwell on Jungs Station Road and Bryan Middle on Independence Road also suffered damaged following the storm.
A Hollywood Casino building had most of its roof and siding ripped off and the Point 70 Building in Earth City sustained extensive window damage.
Numerous trees feel on homes in Berkeley and Ferguson.
Interstate 70 was closed from Lindbergh to St. Charles on Friday night, according to emergency officials. Pattonville fire said several cars and trucks were overturned on I-70.
An EF-3 tornado also has been confirmed to have affected the Roxana area in Illinois’ Madison County, northeast of St. Louis.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency.
Ameren says 83,000 homes and businesses it serves around St. Louis were without power as of midday Saturday.
Here is a list of road closures in the St. Charles area:
Caulks Hill Road between Eagles Hill Ridge and Yorktown
Caulks Hill between Towers and Greensbottom
Towers Rd. between Dingledine and Caulks Hill
2505 Arena Parkway - a 500 ft. section between 364 and South River Road
Dingledine at Golden Wheat Dr. are closed
3000 Arrow Rock and 329 Pralle Lane are impassable.