ST. LOUIS — The National Weather Service says storms that ravaged the St. Louis area and portions of neighboring Illinois last week spawned nine tornadoes, amazingly did not cause any serious injuries.
KMOV-TV reports some of the worst destruction resulted from an EF3 twister that hit parts of Missouri's St. Charles and St. Louis counties before clipping St. Louis city.
That tornado was said to be 1,000 yards wide and had winds of 136 to 165 mph. Eight people sustained minor injuries, and more than six dozen homes were rendered uninhabitable.
A tornado of similar size tore through a landfill in Roxana, Ill., northeast of St. Louis.
Two smaller twisters were reported in Illinois' Macoupin County, as well as in Missouri's Franklin and Jefferson counties. Three other tornadoes hit Missouri's Montgomery County.