National Weather Service confirms tornado in Hazelwood


by Staff

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 12:27 PM

( – The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in St. Louis County Wednesday night.

After surveying damage in the area, a NWS survey team found EF2 damage in Hazelwood on Woodcrest Lane behind Hazelwood West High School.

EF2 denotes wind speeds of 111-135 miles per hour, which the NWS says confirms a tornado in the area.

The survey team also found EF1 damage in Bridgeton between St. Charles Rock Road and Highway 370, north of Interstate 270.

EF1 denotes wind speeds of 86-110 miles per hour and is not considered a tornado.

The mayor of Hazelwood on Thursday said at least a half dozen homes were unlivable after the storms.  

A little more than 4,200 Ameren Missouri Hazelwood customers were still without power as of 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said 24 homes had some form of roof damage.

Authorities said in at least two cases, people trapped inside their homes by large trees blocking the doorways were rescued by neighbors.

Hazelwood residents said the storm was loud and frightening.

Pharmacy technician A.J. Goewert says he saw “a wall of bright light” before the storm lifted products off shelves and tore holes in the roof of a Hazelwood pharmacy.

Gary Buneta said the storm threw him from his dining room into a kitchen wall.  It also blew off his home’s roof and windows and downed trees in his yard.

And Ellen Knop says the storm destroyed her garage and left her front porch in the family room.

Hazelwood officials said Lynn Haven Lane had the most damage within Hazelwood. An apartment complex along Tesson Road also sustained heavy damage.

The Red Cross opened an emergency relief shelter for displaced residents at the Hazelwood Civic Center, which is located at 8969 Dunn Road.