(KMOV.com) – Almost as quickly as powerful storms thundered through Sunset Hills, Fenton, Robertsville and Rolla Friday the temperatures started dropping. Now whether they are storm victims who face the task of rebuilding their homes and lives, or residents waiting to have their utilities restored, they have a new challenge this new year dealing with temperatures that have dipped below freezing.
Widespread damage is reported across the St. Louis region after a line of deadly storms thundered through the region on New Year’s Eve.
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Two women from the small town of Lacoma in Dent County, Missouri were killed in the storm tornado. According to the Associated Press, Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings says the women, who were relatives, and their mobile home was one of three mobile homes and a pole barn that were leveled by the storm. One of the victims died at the scene and the second died later at a hospital.
Phelps County Emergency Management Director Sandy North says the woman was killed Friday morning when her home about a mile north of Rolla was destroyed by the storm. North says six others were injured in the county, including one critically. She says about 20 homes have been destroyed or seriously damaged.
In the immediate area Sunset Hills, Missouri took a direct hit from the storm with widespread damage along south Lindbergh Boulevard. Several businesses in that area have been leveled, large trucks overturned with debris everywhere.
Sunset Hills Mayor Bill Nolan tells News 4’s Larry Conners that as many as 20 homes and business were damaged, but there were no serious injuries.
Live video, photos and viewer photos from the scene show some buildings and power lines down. The St. Paul Church in that area has suffered extensive damage to its roof.
There are reports that a tornado hit the municipal golf course in Ballwin, Missouri that left trees uprooted and debris scattered around the course.
News 4 crews were also on the scene of widespread damage in the Robertsville area of Franklin County. Christine Neal with the Meramec Ambulance District told News 4’s Ray Preston that crews have gone door to door to the damaged buildings and they have no injuries to report in that area.
Neal tells News 4 that anyone in the Robertsville area that is injured or needs assistance should go to the ambulance district offices at 7390 Highway O in Robertsville.
In Robertsville, Missouri witnesses say a funnel cloud swept through Friday. Highway Patrol officers and Franklin Co. Deputies are providing extra security patrols to prevent looting.
Damage in north St. Louis includes a large tree that fell through a home near the intersection of Garfield and Taylor. The residents, a family of five children and two adults, are now looking for shelter.
Authorities in Greenville, Illinois report damage to a farm building just outside of town.