No Deaths In St. Louis Tornado Called A Miracle

by
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Many of the people gathered for Easter services in the area around St. Louis' Lambert Airport are thanking God for sparing them from what could have been a killer tornado that struck two days earlier.

Ron Reed and Joe Killmade, of BAM Contracting in St. Louis, look out onto the concourse from a damaged cafe in the main terminal of St. Louis' Lambert International Airport, Saturday, April 23, 2011. The airport remains closed as of Saturday afternoon due damage caused by Friday evening's storm.

Many of the people gathered for Easter services in the area around St. Louis' Lambert Airport are thanking God for sparing them from what could have been a killer tornado that struck two days earlier.

Early warnings and common sense also helped account for the Eastertime miracle of a powerful tornado ripping through a densely populated suburban area without causing a single death or even a serious injury.

In this aerial photograph, debris is strewn about a neighborhood Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Bridgeton, Mo., following a Friday-evening tornado in the area. A severe storm that struck the St. Louis area left homes flattened in suburbs around the main airport, which remained closed Saturday after being hit by a tornado.

An estimated 750 homes were damaged. Yet the common refrain among residents is: It could have been worse.

The National Weather Service is being lauded for a warning 34 minutes before the tornado hit. Tornado sirens blared. Local TV stations turned away from network programming to focus on the pending disaster. And countless residents waited out the storm in their basements.

AP