(KMOV) – A tornado that barreled through St. Charles County on Friday damaged more than 350 homes, according to Emergency Management Agency officials.
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 eastern 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 almost 50 homes in St. Charles County uninhabitable due to extensive damage.
Emergency official said more than 250 homes sustained moderate damage.
Homes in Whitmoor, Cambridge Crossing, Greensboro and Haversham, Camelot, Arena Parkway and River Bend Estates were hit the hardest, 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.
Ameren says 83,000 homes and businesses it serves around St. Louis were without power at one point.