Weather Service details St. Louis tornado

Monday, April 25, 2011 | 10:46 a.m. CDT; updated 11:16 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 25, 2011

The National Weather Service released new details Monday about the Good Friday tornado, the strongest to hit St. Louis in 44 years.

The update includes an interactive map of all the reported damage, images of the apple-sized hail in the Hermann area and comparisons with the deadly 1967 tornado, which followed a similar path.

The main tornado, which followed a 22-mile trail from St. Louis County to Madison County, Ill., has been officially recorded as an EF4 storm. An EF4 tornado has winds reaching speeds between 166 and 200 mph, according to the National Weather Service. 

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Beth Dalton April 25, 2011 | 4:15 p.m.

When I heard of Friday's storm, I was flooded with memories of the 1967 tornado. We had just finished moving to St Ann that day. We survived unhurt but many of our new neighbors and their homes were not as lucky. Now living in weird weather Texas, I live with tornado warnings all spring but we don't have basements or cellars for shelter!

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