Kevin Killeen

HAZELWOOD, MO (KMOX) – Some were doing homework, others watching TV — but when the storm hit, the howling, “rumbling” noise got everyone’s attention — and they ran for the basement.

A fierce thunderstorm with tornado-strength winds chewed up parts of this bedroom community and spit it out, leaving block after block in the dark, with trees smashed through roofs, but no one seriously hurt.

Street sign down at Howdershell and Lynn Haven not far from overturned SUV

Street sign down at Howdershell and Lynn Haven not far from overturned SUV. (Click here to checkout more photo from the storm)

A staging area was set up at Armstrong Elementary School in the city and a fire truck was sent from St. Charles County to aid. Those firefighters were told they were not needed around 10 p.m.

The center of the damage seemed to be at Lynn Haven and Howdershell where an SUV was flipped over just a few feet away from a heavy street sign that came crashing down.  Tangled electrical wires lay on wet lawns and parking lots.  Franchise signs for “Family Tan” and “Dollar General” were shattered with letters missing.

The Salvation Army said they were working in the city to deliver food and help where needed.Fortunately, only minor injuries were reported Wednesday night.

storm-damaged car on the Hill

storm-damaged car on the Hill

Meanwhile in the Hill neighborhood near Interstate 44 and Kingshighway, satellite dishes from homes were hurled like deadly discs into parked cars, screen doors ripped off their hinges, and startled residents wandered about afterwards — some in their pajamas — wondering what hit.  There were no reports of any serious injuries.

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