Severe storms slam St. Louis area

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:

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.

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:

NewsChannel 5 photojournalist Rick Meyer shot this photo of hail hitting a GoPro camera in Webster Groves:

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.

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:

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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:

Parts of Missouri were hit with 6 inches of rain in a 24 hour period, leading to flash flooding and water rescues in several locations.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Strong winds were able to rock a flag pole in St. Peters, Mo.:

And heavy rain poured in parts of Illinois:

Webster Groves also saw strong storms Thursday night:

Photojournalist Rick Meyer caught lightning strikes on his GoPro camera:


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