Severe storms damage several parts of St. Louis area; No rain ex -

Severe storms damage several parts of St. Louis area; No rain expected Thursday

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore
By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore
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( -- Heavy gusts of wind and rain stormed through the News 4 viewing area, leaving  severe damage in its path.  It has not been confirmed, but it is suspected that possible tornados may have struck in Sullivan and Hazelwood, Missouri.

Tens of thousands of residents on both sides of the river were left in the dark as trees and limbs took down power lines. About 23,500 homes in Missouri and 2,500 Metro-East homes did not have power as of 7:30 a.m.

The hardest hit area may have been in Hazelwood just north of 270 along Howdershell near Lynn Haven Lane.  At least 24 homes there were damaged with trees, limbs and power lines downed during the height of the storm. Officials say six of those homes were considered unlivable. 

Rescue crews from Florissant and St. Charles responded to the scene to assist with the search and rescue effort.  There were no reports of serious injuries in that area.

Florissant officials said a number of homes were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

Sullivan, Missouri was hit early and hit hard by the storm.  Wind gusts of 100 mph were recorded at the Sullivan airport just after 7 p.m. Homes in the Juergens Trailer Park on the east end of town were destroyed and authorities tell News 4 that four people were injured, mostly broken bones.

The First Baptist Church lost its roof in the storm.  Church members on hand for Wednesday night services and choir practice raced to the basement to take shelter.  The winds ripped the roof off the building allowing water to pour into the sanctuary.  No one at the church was injured.

In the historic Hill neighborhood in south St. Louis, six homes in one block of Columbia suffered damage.  At least one house lost its roof sending debris across the street.  Falling trees and limbs caused most of the other damage.

In the Alton area, several homes in the Shady Place neighborhood were damaged.  The worst damage happened at the home of a local judge.  Two trees fell shearing off the front of the judge's house.  No injuries reported in Alton.

Other damage was reported to boats in the harbor in nearby Godfrey, Illinois.  News 4 also received a call from a resident in Bunker Hill, Illinois that said the roof of their garage was lost and siding torn from their home during the storm.

Downed power lines forced authorities to close interstates 70 and 170 at one point.

Classes were canceled for students at Hazelwood. Parkway's Shenandoah Valley Elementary School is also closed after the storm tore off portions of the building's roof.

Cool air will greet us on Thursday, leading to a high of 53 and a low of 47. It should be a much cooler day, breezy and mostly cloudy with a brief period of some sunshine possible early in the day. 

Friday is expected to remain cool, with a high of 52. The day will have a chilly start in the 30s, and continue to be windy and cool with partly cloudy skies. 

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