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  • St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Lambert-St. Louis International Airport officials released surveillance video that shows debris swirling inside the airport as workers and passengers run to take cover when the EF2 tornado hit on Friday night.

    The damage to the Lambert Airport is estimated to be in the millions of dollars as crews work around the clock to get it cleaned-up and reopened.

    Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said the airfield and Terminal 2 were fully functional as of Saturday morning.

    The worst damage happened in Concourse C of Terminal 1, which houses Air Tran, American, Cape Air and Frontier airlines.

    Concource C storm damage PHOTOS

    Media got a chance to tour the damage and see the crews working to make repairs on Saturday morning.  There was water covering the floors and a huge hole in the ceiling.  Many of the windows were blown out and glass littered the floor.

    Mayor Francis Slay said it could take a long time to repair Concourse C, so the flights will be moved to other concourses at the airport.

    Mayor Slay said Lambert Airport will reopen on Sunday morning to both inbound and outbound flights.  In the meantime, a handful of inbound flights were allowed to travel to the airport after 5 p.m. Saturday.  Power was restored to the airport by 7:40 p.m.  The first plane, from carrier Southwest, landed around that time.

    Terminal 1 will see very limited service as repairs are made and the full weight of damage is assessed.  Service at concourses A, B and D will return as electricity is restored to that part of the airport.

    Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert Airport, said Lambert won't be the prettiest airport when it reopens on Sunday, but it will be functional.

    Airline workers came to the airport Saturday to field phone calls and inform stranded travelers of the latest information.  People who have travel plans out of Lambert Airport should contact the airline and not the airport. 

    The airport is still running on generator power, because Ameren has not yet restored power to the area.

    Lambert-St. Louis Airport storm damage - PHOTOS

    Mayor Slay said he hopes to have the airport at 70 percent capacity on Sunday and at 100 percent capacity by the middle of the week. He said it will depend on when power is restored to the airport and when the airlines will have crews and their resources in place.

    Ameren Missouri hopes to have power restored by Saturday night.

    Congressman Lacy Clay said he has reached out to President Obama and his administration. He hopes to brief them on the situation at the airport and neighboring communities later Saturday.

    Leaders said St. Louis City, St. Louis County, state and federal officials are working together.

    See complete coverage of the major storms that hit the St. Louis area.

    Lambert Airport closed Friday night because of the weather-related damage.  Eight flights heading toward the airport had to be diverted to Kansas City.

    Curran Hennessey, a Michigan resident waiting to return home, was seated in a plane connected to the gate when the storm hit.  He said strong winds picked the plane up and moved it about 20 feet.  No one was seriously injured in that incident.

    Travelers at Lambert Airport were being treated for cuts and scrapes to their legs after the glass blew out from the concourse.  Fifty percent of the glass in Terminal 1 was destroyed.  Five hundred people were at the airport at the time of the storm.  Only four people had to be taken to a hospital for further treatment.  They were all treated and released.

    Passengers on two planes were temporarily stranded on the tarmac due to the presence of debris.  They were eventually ferried to the airport via buses.

    MetroLink halted service to the airport after the Hanley station Friday evening. Metro bus service was even delayed in the northern corridor.  Metro will re-establish service to Lambert Airport Sunday morning by 5 a.m.

    Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

    KSDK

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