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Strong Thunderstorm Smashes Windows, Downs Trees and Floods Roadways

Kevin Killeen
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A fallen tree in South St. Louis smashed a new car on April 28, 2012.

A fallen tree in South St. Louis smashed a new car on April 28, 2012.

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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–With hail flying like buckshot, and trees dropping on cars, and roadways flooded from heavy rain — a thunderstorm with an attitude stomped through town leaving plenty of work for insurance adjusters.

Hail shattered the skylight roof at Westport plaza and blew out glass windows on the plaza’s McDonald’s restaurant.

In South St. Louis, a lightening bolt struck a 150 foot tall tree in the 5400 block of Mardell Avenue, hurling a large limb down on Mike Nicolai’s two cars, including a shiny, red new Toyota Camry.

“We were inside. I didn’t even hear the tree falling,” Mardell said, “So, it was a surprise when my wife looked out the door and said,Oh, my gosh, trees are all over my cars, all over my cars.”

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St. Louis firefighters relax after clearing drain clogged with grass that flooded Interstate 55

The storm’s heavy rain washed fresh grass clippings off a hill along Interstate 55 just south of downtown by the brewery. The grass clogged drains along the shoulder, filling the four-lane roadway with knee-deep water. Traffic was backed up for miles, until firefighters and street workers armed with shovels waded out into the swill and cleared the drain.

The storm crossed the Mississippi into Illinois, where a tree landed on a home in East St. Louis. Skylight windows were broke at a Terminal Railroad building in Madison. And a funnel cloud was reported near O’Fallon, Illinois, but it apparently did not touch down.

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