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Major (storm) Damage in St Louis, Missouri - buildings down

Posted on 07/19/2006 7:53:21 PM PDT by silentknight

Early reports:

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folks, streaming of news coverage from damage in stl at kmov.com,

AmerenUE reports OVER 340,000 people out in metro St. Louis ALONE, 3 building collapses in the city, roof off parts of Lambert Airport, power out in one terminal, BUT the cardinals game is still on.

EDIT::: Debris from collapsed building on the Eads Bridge across the mississippi, Metrolink train service is DOWN, Mayor slay mentions this as one of the worst storms to hit the metro st. louis area in a long time.


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1 posted on 07/19/2006 7:53:23 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

KMOV Television


2 posted on 07/19/2006 7:53:47 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

http://www.kmov.com/


3 posted on 07/19/2006 7:54:06 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

Live streaming coverage on that link


4 posted on 07/19/2006 7:55:03 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

Is Nelly and the St. Lunatics OK?


5 posted on 07/19/2006 7:55:13 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

AmerenUE is calling in a mutial aid program, basically a hurricane program calling in workers from outside the ameren service area.

Main Terminal at Lambert: operating at 1/3rd capaticy, Looking a video of the roof ON I-70 Eastbound, 3 tractor trailers overturned at I-270 and riverview on the chain of rocks bridge blocking Eastbound 270, on 370 at the discovery bridge into St. Charles.

Stop Light poles are down all over downtown, and the switzer building collapsed with bricks landing on the eads bridge closing the bridge.


6 posted on 07/19/2006 7:56:37 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

Wow.

Prayers for St Louis.


7 posted on 07/19/2006 7:57:17 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: silentknight

Tornado(s)?


8 posted on 07/19/2006 7:58:59 PM PDT by blam
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To: silentknight

Downtown St Louis 80 mph winds.


9 posted on 07/19/2006 7:59:42 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: blam

Oh my God, at first I thought it was the Madrid Fault Earthquake, then I saw the keywords. Wow. Scary. Please try to point out what you're talking about!


10 posted on 07/19/2006 8:00:33 PM PDT by edmond246 (God Bless America)
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To: silentknight

My wife is traveling east bound on I-44 and just stopped for the night in Sullivan, Missouri. She will resume on I-44 east in the morning and connect with I-55 north in St. Louis.

Do you know of any problems with those routes?


11 posted on 07/19/2006 8:00:36 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: silentknight

Wow, what time did this blow in? I fly out of St Louis today at 4:40pm when it was a pleasant 100F outside with clear skies and wind out of the east (which is rare).


12 posted on 07/19/2006 8:00:59 PM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel: MISSING WHITE GIRL NETWORK)
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To: blam

Hate the whirly jigs. We could always pack up and leave Lower Alabama for the cat 3+. Can't see this stuff coming.


13 posted on 07/19/2006 8:01:55 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (There are only a few absolute truths in life, everything else is just an opinion.)
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To: edmond246

NEvermind, I'm just a skim reader, and at second glace I saw it said storm. Sorry.

::embaressed::


14 posted on 07/19/2006 8:03:23 PM PDT by edmond246 (God Bless America)
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To: ST.LOUIE1

Are you okay?

What's going on there?


15 posted on 07/19/2006 8:03:42 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Graybeard58

Sounds like she'd be better off taking I-255 around the south end of St. Louis.


16 posted on 07/19/2006 8:05:58 PM PDT by prairie dog
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To: prairie dog

http://www.kmov.com/topstories/stories/kmov_weather_060719_thurstorms.339c274.html

St. Louis (KMOV) – Storms are moving through the Metro area, creating dangerous winds, lighting and severe storm conditions.


Wind gusts as high as 84 mph have been reported. 4 Warn Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt warns this is a very dangerous storm system, with damaging winds, large hail and up to 5 inches of rain per hour.

There have been reports of roofs being blown off of homes and the rooftop restaurant at the Millenium Hotel has reported the windows in the restaurant have been blown out and people have been evacuated. Also, there are reports of a student trapped in a car at Lindenwood University and a tree has fallen on the car.


The National Weather Service Doppler Radar continues to indicate a strong rotation in a thunderstorm which could produce a tornado at any time.


The storm is moving rapidly to the south toward the Potosi area.


17 posted on 07/19/2006 8:07:09 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: silentknight

I heard Busch stadium is damaged.


18 posted on 07/19/2006 8:08:44 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: prairie dog

It's a little farther that way but I read that I-270 is a mess and I-44 connects with I-55 right down town. I'll tell her to take I-255. Thanks.


19 posted on 07/19/2006 8:09:18 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: blam

Derecho went though. May have had an embedded tornado.


20 posted on 07/19/2006 8:10:18 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: silentknight

Major damage across all of Central Illinois back into Northwest Illinois.

Storms also exploding now back into Minnesota


21 posted on 07/19/2006 8:10:46 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

HALF MILLION without power in the St Louis area


22 posted on 07/19/2006 8:12:09 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight
Major damage across all of Central Illinois back into Northwest Illinois.

I'm in Pekin, Illinois. About as central as it gets. No damage here.

23 posted on 07/19/2006 8:13:02 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: LdSentinal

Yeah, its damaged alright! You can already find pieces of it for sale on ebay.


24 posted on 07/19/2006 8:13:55 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (No NAIS! And the USDA can bugger off, too!)
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To: silentknight

My mother is one of them without power. Temps are suppose to be 100F with the heat index as high as 115F for Thursday.

Local STL News is showing some major damage to the area. One tornado was spotted in Jefferson Barracks (South St. Louis County)

Video showing people trying to take shelter a Busch Stadium with newspaper boxes flying into the main entrances of the stadium due to 80mph winds.


Storms Pound St. Louis Area; 350,000 Lose Power, Buildings Collapse

http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=100574


25 posted on 07/19/2006 8:14:19 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: silentknight
Amazing. That's what happened here in the Philly area last night. I feel for the people in STL. Sleeping in the heat definitely bites :/
26 posted on 07/19/2006 8:14:42 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: LdSentinal
Hubby is listing to the game. Everything seems fine.
27 posted on 07/19/2006 8:17:00 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: stlnative

It was NASTY!


28 posted on 07/19/2006 8:17:42 PM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: silentknight

No water service for parts of North St. Louis County. The water treatment plant is without power.


29 posted on 07/19/2006 8:17:55 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: Strategerist

I should remember this, but I don't.

What is a derecho?


30 posted on 07/19/2006 8:19:02 PM PDT by jeffers
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To: silentknight

Is there more? What happened?


31 posted on 07/19/2006 8:20:02 PM PDT by GOPJ ("...we're in the third world war, which side do you think should win?" -- Newt Gingrich)
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To: silentknight

http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/mo/public.html

Wow on the storm damage reports


32 posted on 07/19/2006 8:21:18 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: Graybeard58

I heard earlier that the bridge across the Mississippi is closed, but I'm sure that will be cleaned up in the morning. The main bridge -- the Poplar Street Bridge (I64, I70, I55 and I44 all cross together there) had some tractor trailors blown over. The worst problem she'll probably face will be the construction at about 25 miles west of downtown or so. If I hear otherwise I'll come back and post here.


33 posted on 07/19/2006 8:21:34 PM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: StarCMC

That is what my mom said. (I live about 80 miles away from STL) She said the lightening was awful. She lives out by the airport.

Some photos here...

http://ksdk5.4wmt.com/packages/templates/anonymous/album/browse.aspx?pageid=2f433daf-b44f-49a0-a624-f1d024409f39


34 posted on 07/19/2006 8:21:54 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: jeffers

Well, actually will have to check if it met the formal definition....

But essentially what went through St. Louis was a curved line of thunderstorms with extreme straight line winds. Even if there were any embedded tornadoes 99% of the damage will turn out to have been caused by straight line winds.

There's a curious inability of the public to accept that you can have serious wind damage from anything that isn't a tornado - Derechos, downbursts, etc.


35 posted on 07/19/2006 8:22:25 PM PDT by Strategerist
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"AmerenUE reports OVER 340,000 people out in metro St. Louis ALONE"

I thought that there were more people in St. Louis than that. Or by "out," was that pertaining only to how many people were outdoors in the St. Louis metro area at the time?
36 posted on 07/19/2006 8:22:47 PM PDT by familyop (...fiddling while Lebanon burns.)
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To: silentknight

https://thunderstorm.vaisala.com/tux/jsp/explorer/explorer.jsp

Updated every half hour.


37 posted on 07/19/2006 8:23:42 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Must have been Nelly's Pimpjuice.


38 posted on 07/19/2006 8:24:07 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Graybeard58

Nothing here in Bloomington Normal. A friend of my daughter in Peoria had a large tree fall on here house during the storm around 3:30 today.


39 posted on 07/19/2006 8:24:51 PM PDT by morans14
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To: StarCMC

Thanks. I'm trying now to contact her by cell. I left her a message


40 posted on 07/19/2006 8:25:20 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: silentknight

Compost Dispatch of some value this evening:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/916EBEC69E47CAD5862571B1000A7CE6?OpenDocument

powerful storm system pounded the St. Louis area early this evening, packing wind gusts that pelted people in cars with debris, toppled street lights and snapped branches.

At least 400,000 households lost power. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said high winds, lightning and thunderstorms smacked most of the St. Louis metro area from St. Charles County east to Madison County.

"We didn't have much warning," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a news conference. Commenting on reaction from one emergency official he spoke to, "this is one of the worst storms he could remember to hit the city."

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa reported three collapsed buildings in the region and one injury that had been reported -- a woman who was 8 months pregnant. Advertisement

The storm moved quickly north of St. Louis County, but turned south. Meteorologists said the storm was unusual because "the gust front" blew through the area first, tipping over tractor trailers and shattering car windows, toppling trees and power lines and pushing dust and debris throughout the area.

The Cardinals game against the Atlanta Braves was delayed by the storm. At least four people were taken from the stadium in ambulances with unknown injuries and windows were blown out of the press box.

Mokwa said MetroLink was shut down, mostly because of the electrical problems, but also because of a tree down across the tracks at the Saint Louis University stop. Metro buses were being brought in to ferry Cardinals fans from Busch Stadium who had arrived at the stadium by train.

The storm hit shortly after 7 p.m., and electricity was out to about 402,500 customers in the St. Louis area, according to Ameren's web site.

Authorities reported widespread incidents of toppled trees and downed power lines.

At the Missouri Botanical Garden, hundreds of people who had been attending the Whittaker Music Festival free concert were moved to shelters at the Schoenfeld Auditorium.

Damage from shattered glass was reported in the Linnean House, one of the nation's oldest conservatories. Trees were reported down at the garden and in the neighborhoods around it.

Blowing dust and debris and then torrents of rain limited visibility on area roads.

The westbound lanes of Highway 370 were shut down because of at least two overturned mobile homes, according to the Missouri highway patrol.

Said Luthor Lowe of Little Rock, Ark., in town for the National College Democrats Convention at Saint Louis University wondered, "Does this always happen in St. Louis?"

Near Lambert Field, strong winds ripped off the roof of a MetroLink station and dumped it across several lanes of Interstate 70 near Lambert Field.

A building near the Eads Bridge collapsed onto the bridge, trapping a driver for some time.The bridge was closed, Mokwa said, because of the debris. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 270 near the Chain of Rocks Bridge were closed as emergency crews responded to tractor trailers that had flipped over, authorities said.

In parts of South St. Louis, trees and limbs almost covered the pavement for whole blocks in the area south of Meramec Street. South of Interstate 55 and in the area around Carondelet Park, motorists had to weave around limbs and thick branches.

In St. Charles, tree limbs were down. The area was hit by power outages and the Rascals baseball game was cancelled.

Witnesses reported a driver trapped inside a car at Morgan Ford and Arsenal streets in St. Louis.

In Bellefountaine Neighbors, hundred-year-old trees were thrown down, said resident Stephanie Russell, an employee at Saint Louis University.

"We had to use four-wheel drive low just to get up the street," Russell said. "It was everything from water to debris to branches 5 feet to 20 feet long."

Russell said she eventually got to her driveway, but a fallen branch blocked her progress and then another fell behind the car.

"We can't get in or out," she said, as neighbors worked to remove branches from the road. "I've never seen anything like it."

Power went out during the Bridgeton City Council meeting, but the council continued its deliberations. By 8:30 p.m., the storm had left the north county area. Planes were landing and taking off at Lambert Field.

In North St. Louis County, the storm caused a gas leak in the 10000 block of Lord Drive. Authorities were evacuating the block, according to St. Louis County police.

Chairmaine Manse and Anna Hollands, customers at the St. Louis Bread Co. at Manchester and Interstate 270 were taken by surprise by the storm.

"It came up as a strong wind, knocking over umbrellas and tables. It got dark and all hell broke loose," said Hollands, who lives in nearby Normandy. "I'm willing to go, but I'm not willing to chance it."

In Ladue, Elfriede Olney worried about her 16-year-old grandson making it to school Thursday. At least two oak trees -- one about 3 feet in diameter and one more at 50 feet tall -- fell in their front yard.

"It's a total disaster area in the front," Olney said. "The driveways are blocked. I've never seen anything like this."


41 posted on 07/19/2006 8:26:01 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: Desdemona

You OK???


42 posted on 07/19/2006 8:26:05 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: stlnative

My folks are in St. Ann. I called my dad to check up on them -- he was just getting ready to turn in to his street and found that there was a big tree across it. He and a couple neighbors were taking matters into their own hands and not waiting for the clean-up crews. Sounds like that might take a while!!

The lightning was SPECTACULAR!! As the storm was leaving, the lightning was happening above the clouds and just scattering and rolling all across the sky -- it was gorgeous!!


43 posted on 07/19/2006 8:27:16 PM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: morans14

We had a thunderstorm about that time, nothing really unusual though.


44 posted on 07/19/2006 8:28:01 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: old-ager

> Damage from shattered glass was reported in the Linnean House, one of the nation's oldest conservatories.

Hope they don't use this as an excuse to tear it down the way they did Henry Shaw's Desert House.


45 posted on 07/19/2006 8:28:06 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: ArrogantBustard

0740 PM TORNADO ST. LOUIS 38.64N 90.24W
07/19/2006 ST. LOUIS CITY MO TRAINED SPOTTER

TORNADO SPOTTED AT JEFFERSON BARRACKS AND TELGRAPH ROAD
WITH TREES BEING THROWN INTO POWER LINES.



0740 PM TSTM WND DMG ST. LOUIS 38.64N 90.24W
07/19/2006 ST. LOUIS CITY MO BROADCAST MEDIA

*** 1 INJ *** PARTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSE IN SOULARD AT
LINCOLN AND SIDNEY STREETS


46 posted on 07/19/2006 8:28:24 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

> COLLAPSE IN SOULARD

Probably a really old brick building.


47 posted on 07/19/2006 8:29:02 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: StarCMC

LOL... I grew up in St. Ann, heck I might even know you!


48 posted on 07/19/2006 8:29:09 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: old-ager

1/3 of all homes in the City of St Louis are without power. Temps tomorrow near 100.


49 posted on 07/19/2006 8:29:40 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: old-ager
At least 400,000 households lost power.

That's about 1/3rd of the St. Louis area.

Said Luthor Lowe of Little Rock, Ark., in town for the National College Democrats Convention at Saint Louis University wondered, "Does this always happen in St. Louis?"

Typical Democrat cluelessness.

50 posted on 07/19/2006 8:32:12 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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