ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Thunderstorms and an EF-0 tornado left behind damage and flooding in the St. Louis area Tuesday afternoon.
Early Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado struck St. Peters, Missouri around 9:00 Tuesday night. The tornado had 75 mile per hour winds, but residents did not hear any tornado sirens Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service said that it detected circulation of heavy winds, but 95 percent of the time, they never touched down. It also said sirens did not go off because a tornado warning was not issued.
"We see a lot of small circulations that end up doing nothing ... [which] is not unusual ... but this was one of those instances where something actually did develop," said Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service.
Kramper insisted that over warning residents could become a problem.
"We know we are issuing too many tornado warnings. Our statistics show we're issuing a lot more warnings that we get tornadoes, so in a sense we are using a 'better safe than sorry' approach when it comes to tornado warnings."
Officials believe the tornado was on the ground for about five minutes and its path was roughly two miles long and 25 yards wide.
A home and fences were damaged along McClay Road, near Jungermann Road. There was also damaged seen on Dunham Court, where a tree landed on a car.
Several areas were also affected by flooding as the storm system moved through the area. In University City, the River Des Peres overflowed its banks, and the basement of an apartment complex was flooded. There was also flooding in Bethalto, Illinois and in Olivette, where paramedics were called after water rushed into the homes of residents who are physically disabled.
In St. Louis, several intersections were underwater. Two cars got stuck due to high water at 9th Street and Branch in north St. Louis. A traffic light was blown down at Locust and 8th Street in downtown St. Louis.
Passengers on MetroLink faced delays because of downed power lines. The track has since reopened.