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St. Louis severe weather threat includes heavy rain

2:01 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Thursday started off stormy, as strong storms pushed through the area during the early morning hours.

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Strong straight-line winds moved through the area with wind gust reports up to 50 miles per hour in Maryland Heights, Mo.; 49 mile per hour gusts in Sullivan, Mo. and Bethalto, Ill.; 45 mile per hour gusts in Anthonies Mill, Mo.; and 40 mile per hour gusts in Chesterfield, Mo.

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A Tornado Watch was in effect for parts of the area until 1 p.m., and extended until 4 p.m. for Effingham and Clay counties in Illinois and Perry County, Mo. and Perry and Jefferson counties in Illinois until 5 p.m.

PHOTOS: Spring flooding

As the front moves to the east, temperatures will drop into the upper 30s Thursday night.

Heavy rainfall did create some minor urban flooding and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect as locally heavy rain remains possible.

PHOTOS: Clarksville, Mo. flooding

Sandbag volunteers are needed in Clarksville to help fill sandbags. The flood stage for Clarksville is 25 feet, and the river was already over 27 feet by 12 p.m. Thursday. If you would like to volunteer, go to City Hall, 111 Howard Street. Volunteers will then be dispatched to five locations to fill bags. Nobody will be turned away.

Make sure to be prepared for severe weather by having your severe weather kit ready to go.

We will get some sunshine on Friday, but the lows will be well below average.

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This round of severe weather comes just one week after an EF2 tornado touched down in Hazelwood, an EF1 tornado touched down in Franklin County, an EF0 tornado touched down in The Hill neighborhood in the City of St. Louis and straight-line winds and three microbursts caused damage along a 30-mile path between Union and Chesterfield.

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and toured the damage last Thursday.

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Residents in Hazelwood are still cleaning up and making repairs to their homes.

Forty-eight homes in The Hill were damaged, three businesses were damaged, and one home was condemned.

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