ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A tornado warning issued for the City of St. Louis has expired, and the brunt of the storm has moved into the Metro East.
A viewer named Jodi Warren caught the start of severe weather over mid-Missouri on camera:
Possible tornado caught on camera Thursday afternoon in mid-Missouri. Video courtesy of Jodi Warren.
A confirmed tornado was spotted near Glendale and moved east. At this time there are no confirmed reports of damage and no word of any injuries.
There are 3,400 power outages confirmed in Missouri, and around 8,000 in Illinois in wake of the storms.
The warning prompted a delay in the St. Louis Blues game, and between the second and third periods, spectators were told to stay in their seats and away from entrances. Lumiere Casino was also evacuated, forcing gamblers to hide in the stairwells.
Fans were updated on the storm at Scottrade Center.
Downed power lines have been reported in the area of Kingshighway by Barnes Hospital, and a fire broke out at a home in Ballwin, Mo. after it was struck by lightning. Large hail was reported across parts of the area, including on I-64:
Hail as seen from Interstate 64.
NewsChannel 5 photojournalist Rick Meyer shot this photo of hail hitting a GoPro camera in Webster Groves:
NewsChannel 5 Photojournalist Rick Meyer shot this GoPro video of lightning in Webster Groves, Mo. after a bout of severe weather across the region.
A 70-year-old tree on Willmore in South City is among the many downed trees in the area. Some witnesses say it was struck by lightning -- assertions that black marks on the side of the tree seem to suggest.
NewsChannel 5 photojournalist Don Galloway shot this photo of downed branches in south St. Louis.
A tornado warning for St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties expired at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Some storms aren't expected to leave the viewing area until 10:30 p.m.
Wildwood, Eureka, Fenton, Ballwin, Union and Pacific, Mo. are among the cities that were in the path of a storm that produced a confirmed tornado in Washington Mo. at approximately 7:05 p.m. Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
Even though downtown St. Louis was not hit directly by the storm, sirens still sounded, and one NewsChannel 5 photographer captured images of wind changing directions:
During a tornado warning in downtown St. Louis, the rain changed directions outside of the NewsChannel 5 studios.
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If you live in an area under a tornado warning, you're cautioned to take shelter in the lowest level of in your home in an interior room.
University City was hit with a weak tornado early Thursday morning, uprooting trees, damaging homes and cars and leaving thousands without power. Thursday night, heavy rain and strong winds hit University City for the second time in less than 24 hours:
Less than a day after a weak tornado touched down in University City, heavy rain and severe thunderstorms rocked the region.
Grant Bissell reports on storm damage in University City.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Strong winds were able to rock a flag pole in St. Peters, Mo.:
An American flag blowing in a severe thunderstorm that enveloped much of the St. Louis metro area.
And heavy rain poured in parts of Illinois:
Heavy rainfall in Illinois.
Webster Groves also saw strong storms Thursday night:
Casey Nolen reports from Webster Groves.
Photojournalist Rick Meyer caught lightning strikes on his GoPro camera:
NewsChannel 5 photojournalist Rick Meyer shot this raw video of lightning in the St. Louis area.