ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The clock said lunch hour, but the sky looked like nightfall, as a dark, thunderstorm riding on 50 mile-per-hour winds dumped heavy rain across St. Louis city and county.
National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Thomas Spriggs says an inch-and-a-half of rain fell in 45 minutes. The storm briefly “locked up” the weather services NOAA weather radio system. Spriggs says the rain that fell is not expected to significantly impact Missouri River flooding here, as the large swell of water headed this way is still far north of the area.
St. Louis County Police report some flooding on low-lying roadways, but no injuries.
The Metro East suffered most of the damage:
Trees are down in Belleville along Highway 15 and Frank Scott Parkway.
Wide spread tree damage is reported in Columbia Illinois with power lines snapped.
Trenton reports power lines down.
Lebanon reports water over low lying roads.
Extensive tree damage was also reported in Marissa.
There is flooding on old Highway 50 near Aviston.
8 inch limbs are reportedly down in Carlyle
50 mph winds were reported in New Baden.
4-to-5 inch diameter limbs down in Breese Illinois.
Tree limbs 2-to-3 inches in diameter have been blown down in the Mascoutah area.
Most of the hail associated with the storm fell in the Missouri counties of Boone, Callaway, Lincoln and Warren. Half-inch to one-inch hail was reported in those counties.
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