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Lambert Airport Gets ‘StormReady’ Designation

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 22:  (L-R) Shira Moskowitz, 17, Liza Karsten and her daughter, Kate Nienaltow, of New York City, pick up their carry-on items inside Concourse C after an apparent tornado caused extensive damage at Lambert International Airport's Terminal One April 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. "You felt the buidling begin to shake," said Karsten, who was at the airport for her return flight home. "There was just chaos after the storm." According to a spokesperson for the City of St. Louis, 4 people were taken to the hospital as a result of the storm damage at the airport. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 22: (L-R) Shira Moskowitz, 17, Liza Karsten and her daughter, Kate Nienaltow, of New York City, pick up their carry-on items inside Concourse C after an apparent tornado caused extensive damage at Lambert International Airport’s Terminal One April 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. “You felt the buidling begin to shake,” said Karsten, who was at the airport for her return flight home. “There was just chaos after the storm.” According to a spokesperson for the City of St. Louis, 4 people were taken to the hospital as a result of the storm damage at the airport. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The National Weather Service says Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been designated as “StormReady” more than a year after a tornado caused millions of dollars in damage.

The Weather Service says the designation gives airport personnel improved communication and safety skills that could help save lives during future storms.

Weather Service spokesman Jim Kramper says Lambert worked with the service to meet guidelines for emergency operations planning and severe weather procedures. He says the program also evaluates weather forecast systems, communication procedures and facility signage.

A tornado that slammed the airport in April 2011 sent four people to hospitals with minor injuries. Others were treated at the scene for cuts blamed on flying glass.

 

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