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Tornado Hits Lambert-St. Louis Airport, Northwest Suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri

Sat April 23 2011 12:16 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=41523
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A tornado tore through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, lifting the roof off a concourse, injuring several people and forcing the airport’s closure. People scurried for shelter as plated glass shattered around them.

No fatalities reported, only minor injuries reported in the region

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the primary airport for St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding area. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the largest airport in the state of Missouri.

Fifty percent of windows were blown out of the main terminal at Lambert Airport.

Concourse C heavily hit with a lot of window damage. St. Louis local and regional authorities are helping to get the airport back in service.


Crews had worked overnight to clean up Lambert Airport, boarding up broken windows and sweeping up shattered glass. Many signs were also toppled. Officials hope the airport can open to about 70% capacity on Sunday.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit the airport, tearing away a large section of the roof of the main terminal.

Vehicles are also reported to be overturned in yards and driveways in neighborhoods nearby.

At least one roof has been torn from a house.

Other storm damage reported in Missouri from the National Weather Service:

HEAVY STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AT 122 AUBURN MEADOW DRIVE, NEW MELLE

LONG TRACK OF TREES DOWN … POWER POLES … AND HOME DAMAGE NEAR NEW MELLE

POSSIBLE RAIN WRAPPED TORNADO. DEBRIS OBSERVED IN FIELD OFF OF HIGHWAY 30 NEAR ST CLAIR LONEDELL CITY LIMITS

SEMI BLOWN OVER AT HIGHWAY 70 AND ST CHARLES ROCK ROAD, BRIDGETON, MO

OBSERVER AT STL REPORTS TORNADO AT LAMBERT FIELD MOVING EAST, BRIDGETON, MO

ROOF DAMGE AND ENTIRE 2ND FLOOR GONE OFF A CHURCH, FERGUSON, MO

AT LEAST ONE HOME DAMAGED NEAR CHAMBERS AND WEST FLORRISANT, DELLWOOD, MISSOURI

PHONE TOWER BENT OVER … FLAG POLE AT AIRPORT BENT OVER … INTERSTATE SIGNS DOWN, HAZELWOOD, MISSOURI

TRACTOR TRAILERS STANDING ON END IN ST. ANN, MISSOURI

AIR NATIONAL GUARD BUILDING DAMAGED … AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS AT THE AIRPORT … AND CARS FLIPPED IN BRIDGETON, MISSOURI

2 LARGE TREES DOWN … AND MANY 1-5 INCH LIMBS DOWN IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI

Softball size hail was also reported.

Southwest Airlines is the airport’s largest airline in terms of passengers carried and daily flights with Delta Air Lines rated as the airport’s second-busiest operating airline.


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