Another Tornado Warning for St. Louis, Missouri; Major Damage at Lambert Airport (4/22/2011)


(Named a top blog post by WordPress.com for April 24th, 2011)

A tornadic supercell crossed the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area with many reports of large hail and damage from New Melle in St. Charles County to Granite City in Madison County, Illinois. Some of the most intense damage occurred in St. Louis County across Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, St. Ann, Edmundson, Lambert St. Louis International Airport, Berkeley, and Ferguson. Several people were injured by flying debris and glass at the main terminal of the airport.

And now the post written as it happened:

3 nights ago we had a tornado warning for St. Louis, Missouri. We have another one tonight. Here is the latest on that tornado warning. Keep in mind, we had tornadoes on the ground in New Melle & Pacific.

8:05 pm CT: DEBRIS BALL ON STL RADAR TAKE COVER NOW. TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR CHAMP, MO

Picture of the debris ball and dual supercells near St. Louis, Missouri, radar at 8:05 pm CT.

8:18 pm CT: Confirmed tornado in Ferguson, Missouri, just north of Lambert Field in St. Louis. The fear is that a large tornado is going through Dellwood, St. Ann & Ferguson. This tornado might go just north of downtown St. Louis.

Radar image in St. Louis as of 8:20 pm CT.

8:25 pm CT: St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in rain delay. Reports of people in tornado shelters at the stadium. Tornado is looking like it will go just north of St. Louis.

8:30 pm CT: Chasers: damage & debris near exit 236 on I-70…cell tower bent over…flag pole at airport bent over…interstate signs downed. Also reports of homes damaged in Ferguson, Missouri. Reports of people trapped in homes, power lines down. 20 people trapped in homes right now. Also, van almost swept off parking garage at St. Louis Lambert Int’l Airport.

8:35 pm CT: NWS St Louis: “CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO”.

8:40 pm CT: Damage reported at C concourse at Lambert Airport at STL. Minor injuries.

8:50 pm CT: Air National Guard building damaged, cars flipped, damage to buildings at St. Louis Airport. Semis “standing on end” in Dellwood. Downed utility lines have all lanes of I-270 closed in both directions between Dorsett and McKelvey in STL metro.

9:00 pm CT: Strong tornado vortex signature (TVS) just N of Waterloo, Ill. Take cover in Floraville, Smithton in St. Clair County, Illinois. Also, roof has been blown off Concourse C at St. Louis-Lambert Int’l Airport…main terminal windows blown out…power outages. Injuries reported at St Louis Lambert Field. Extent of injuries unknown right now. Windows blown out in Concourse C.

9:15 pm CT: Reports of damage continue to pour in from Lambert Field. Due to TORNADO DAMAGE, the Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL) was closed as of Apr 22 at 08:54 PM CDT. The date/time when the airport is expected to reopen is not known.

9:35 pm CT: Many people cut by shattering glass at Lambert-St. Louis airport, which is continued closed. Also reports of a tornado lifting a plane off the ground with people inside of it. No reported injuries with that as of yet.

9:50 pm CT: As many as 50 homes reported structural damage in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Also, a tornado was on the ground with the storm near Highland, Illinois.

10:15 pm CT: Flights for St Louis now diverted to Kansas City. Sky Capt.: The wind “rushed through the door, threw everybody against the wall.”

11:00 pm CT: 4 people transported to the hospital after tornado strikes St. Louis airport. No airplane damage reported according to Lambert Airport officials. Also, a tornado reportedly damages about two dozen homes north of New Melle in St. Charles County, Missouri. Reports from St. Louis residents on Twitter say that ambulances still can be heard going toward the airport. Plane passengers at Lambert on KMOV-TV: “Pilot told them to evacuate. They were directed to the bathrooms.”

11:30 pm CT: 50% of windows in STL Terminal 1 were blown out. Extensive damage to Concourse C. Airport closed indefinitely. According to KMOV-TV.

11:45 pm CT: Lambert airport director on KMOV live right now says that main terminal, concourse C, and parking garage are being immediately assessed. From interview with Lambert airport director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge on KMOV: Airport likely to remain closed Saturday and Sunday, possibly Monday. Also is requesting people not attempt to come to airport at this time, as damage is extensive.

8:00 AM CT Apr. 23: Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Friday he had declared a state of emergency, allowing state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency responses to the storm’s aftermath, including the destruction at Lambert.

11:00 AM CT Apr. 23: Officials at the airport were scrambling to have the airport open for a light schedule on Sunday.

11:25 AM CT Apr. 23. A statement was released concerning the New Melle Tornado. Here is what they said on that tornado.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1125 PM CDT SAT APR 23 2011

…INITIAL DAMAGE SURVEY INDICATES EF1 TORNADO DAMAGE NEAR NEW MELLE…

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE IN THE NEW MELLE AREA WAS PRODUCED BY A TORNADO…WITH A DAMAGE RATING OF EF1.

THE TORNADO TRACKED JUST NORTHWEST AND NORTH OF THE TOWN OF NEW MELLE. THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED JUST SOUTH OF FORISTELL ROAD…AND THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY Z.

THE TRACK LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 4 MILES…WITH A DAMAGE WIDTH OF AT LEAST 150 YARDS.

EF1 DAMAGE INDICATES WINDS OF 86 TO 110 MPH.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PRELIMINARY REPORT…AND A FULL REPORT WILL BE ISSUED THIS EVENING

12:00 noon CT Apr. 23: St. Louis NWS confirm EF-3 damage along path of the tornado from the night before. This tornado had caused damage at Lambert Field.

3:30 pm CT Apr. 23: National Weather Service survey teams are still in the process of assessing the damage caused by the tornado. The crews have yet to reach the airport, but preliminary reports do indicate that the tornado caused EF-4 damage just to the northwest in the Bridgeton area near old St Charles Rock Road and Harmon Estates. An EF-4 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale has winds between 166 to 200 mph.

5:30 pm CT Apr. 23: Tornado-damaged Lambert-St. Louis airport resumes some service tonight, to be at 70 percent Sunday.

7:30 pm CT Apr. 23: Preliminary NWS survey-St. Louis tornado was at EF4 intensity over Bridgeton and EF2 intensity at Lambert Field. The National Weather Service damage survey team at Lambert St. Louis International Airport has found EF2 damage. Nearly 80 percent of the windows in the easternmost part of the terminal were blown out and the roof was torn off of terminal C. EF2 damage indicates winds of 111 to 135 mph. Please note that this is still a preliminary report… so information may change and be updated as survey teams continue their work.

8:00 am CT Apr. 24: St. Louis NWS released this Google Earth & Google Maps representation of the tornado that hit the north sides of St. Louis. This was the worst tornado to hit the St. Louis metro area in 44 years! Also this tornado was the EF-4 tornado of 2011. Here is the link to that interactive map: St. Louis NWS Storm Survey of Good Friday Tornado.

I have written a sister blog post to this one called: NWS Survey Ranks St. Louis Tornado That Hit Lambert Field an EF-4.

Here is a news story that KMOV out of St. Louis did on the tornado. KMOV-TV News: Lambert Airport closed indefinitely after apparent tornado.

CNN did a news story on this tornado too. Here is their story on the tornado: CNN News Story on St. Louis Tornado.

Inside a Concourse at Lambert Field. Not a very good sight here:

More damage from Lambert Field:

Damage reports from St. Louis County:

04/22/2011 0759 PM: 1 miles SSE of Maryland Heights, St Louis County. Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by amateur radio. Trees and power lines down at 2 miiles west of Highway 270 and Dorsett Road.

04/22/2011 0809 PM: Maryland Heights, St Louis County. Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by amateur radio. Power lines and trees down at Creve Coeur Mill and Pritchard Farm Roads.

04/22/2011 0810 PM: Bridgeton, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by broadcast media. Semi blown over at Highway 70 and St Charles Rock Road.

04/22/2011 0814 PM: Bridgeton, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by official NWS observer. Observer at reports tornado at Lambert Field moving east.

04/22/2011 0815 PM: Dellwood, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by Emergency Manager. At least one home damaged near Chambers and west Florrisant.

04/22/2011 0815 PM: Ferguson, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by trained spotter. Uprooted trees and power lines down near Elizabeth and Chambers.

04/22/2011 0815 PM: Ferguson, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by Emergency Manager. Varying degrees of structural damage near Chambers and Elizabeth due to trees and tree limbs falling on homes.

04/22/2011 0815 PM: Ferguson, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by amateur radio. Roof damge and entire 2nd floor gone off a church.

04/22/2011 0818 PM: Dellwood, St Louis County. Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by amateur radio. Large tree fell through a home at 270.

04/22/2011 0821 PM: Hazelwood, St Louis County. Tornado, reported by storm chaser. Chasers report damage and debris near exit 236 on I-70… trees damaged… cell phone tower bent over… flag pole at Airport bent over… Interstate signs down and small debris on the Interstate.

04/22/2011 0830 PM: Oakville, St Louis County. Hail e0.88 inch, reported by trained spotter.

04/22/2011 0832 PM: St. Ann, St Louis County. Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by amateur radio. Power lines down at I-70 and Cyprus.

04/22/2011 0914 PM: 1 miles SW of Fenton, St Louis County. Flash flood, reported by trained spotter. Flooding by creek… some houses surrounded by 2-6 inches of standing water.

Statements on the tornado as it passed St. Louis:

7:55 pm CT Statement: The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a Tornado Warning for…
southwestern Madison County in southwest Illinois… northwestern St. Clair County in southwest Illinois…
northeastern St. Louis County in east central Missouri… St. Louis city in east central Missouri… until 845 PM CDT

* at 755 PM CDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located near Maryland Heights… and moving east at 40 mph.

This storm has a history of damaging tornadoes.

* Locations impacted include: Des Peres… Creve Coeur… Kirkwood… Frontenac… Warson Woods… St. Ann… Oakland… Ladue… Glendale… Olivette… Overland… Woodson Terrace… Hazelwood… Webster Groves… Brentwood… St. John… Berkeley… Richmond Heights… University City and Shrewsbury.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Take cover now. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home… a vehicle or outdoors… move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

8:09 pm CT Statement: A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN ST. LOUIS… ST. LOUIS CITY…SOUTHWESTERN MADISON AND NORTHWESTERN ST. CLAIR COUNTIES UNTIL 845 PM CDT…

…DAMAGING TORNADO ON THE GROUND JUST NORTH OF ST. ANN…

AT 807 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A CONFIRMED TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED JUST NORTH OF ST. ANN…MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

8:28 pm CT statement: A Tornado Warning remains in effect for northeastern St. Louis city… southwestern Madison and northwestern St. Clair counties until 845 PM CDT…

… Damaging tornado moving into southeast Madison County Illinois…

At 825 PM CDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a confirmed tornado. This tornado was located northwest of Granite City… moving east at 40 mph.

Considerable damage has been reported with this tornado.

Locations impacted include: Granite City… Washington Park… Pontoon Beach… Edwardsville… Fairmont City… Hartford… Mitchell and Poag.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Take cover now. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home… a vehicle or outdoors… move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

8:35 pm CT statement: The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a Tornado Warning for…
southeastern Madison County in southwest Illinois… northeastern St. Clair County in southwest Illinois…

* until 915 PM CDT

* at 829 PM CDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous storm was located near Granite City… and moving east at 35 mph.

This storm has a history of producing damaging tornadoes. Take shelter now.

* Locations impacted include: Pontoon Beach… Caseyville… Collinsville… Glen Carbon… Edwardsville… Maryville… Troy… Lebanon… Highland…Marine… St. Jacob… Kuhn… Fruit… Kaufman… Summerfield and Grantfork.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Take cover now. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a Mobile home… a vehicle or outdoors… move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

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