EF4 tornado devastates Bridgeton, Missouri

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Posted on April 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 9:53 PM

(KMOV) -- Homes and property in Bridgeton, Missouri were destroyed when a tornado rolled through town.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF4 tornado struck on Friday night in the Bridgeton area. EF4 damage indicates winds of 166 to 200 miles per hour.

So far, the National Weather Service has surveyed the damage near Old St. Charles Rock Road and Harmon Estates.

News 4's Mark Cox went inside the home of a couple who lives on Beaverton Drive in Bridgeton.

The roof over the master bedroom was ripped off the couple's home. They ran from their bedroom and took shelter in their bathtub as the storm passed through.

No serious injuries have been reported in Bridgeton.

An estimated 750 homes were damaged. Yet the common refrain among residents is: It could have been worse.

The National Weather Service is being lauded for a warning 34 minutes before the tornado hit.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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