Monday, February 28, 2011

30,000 without power in Missouri after storms

ST. LOUIS | A nasty winter took another turn late Sunday and early today with strong storms that damaged power lines, barns, homes and at least one St. Louis landmark. The National Weather Service suspects at least two tornadoes touched down in eastern Missouri — one near Gray Summit in Franklin County, the other in south St. Louis County. No serious injuries were reported in Missouri, but more than 30,000 homes and businesses were still without power by midmorning, according to the utility Ameren Corp. National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Schmocker said other tornadoes may also have touched down in eastern Missouri. The service was still trying to determine if damage at several locations was the result of tornadoes or straight-line winds.


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