One person died, but it was not clear whether the death was related to the storm.
The county animal shelter will be taking any pets whose owners homes are ruined and can’t bring a dog or cat to a hotel while repairs are completed.
Tornadoes, heavy downpours and baseball sized hail could be headed our way, expected to roll in between 6 and 8 p.m.
Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe weather including heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and a tornado in University City.
There were more than 6,000 power outages for the greater St. Louis-Illinois metro area following a tornado that touched down this morning at 5:23 a.m.
A tornado touched down briefly in the University City, damaging some homes and bringing down trees and power lines.
Students from the southwest Missouri district where nine schools were destroyed or damaged in a May 2011 tornado are headed to Moore, Okla., to help children who lost their school to a tornado last year.
The Missouri statewide tornado drill is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announcing a $45 million aid package for towns in Illinois still recovering from a tornado last November.
Sidnay Ray-Bazan collected more than $133,000 after the deadly May 2011 tornado, but spent almost one-third of the money for personal use.