ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis Lambert International Airport is closed indefinitely after strong winds and a possible tornado swept through St. Louis County Friday evening.

Tornado forced winds reportedly pushed American Airlines Flight 699 off the runway. About a hundred passages were inside the plane at the time. They were later rescued.

282567527 Tornadic Supercell Hits LambertThose winds also tossed a bus nearly off a parking garage at the airport.

At a press conference officials said four people were taken to the hospital however their injures are expected to be non-life threatening.

Airport spokesperson Jeff Lea told KMOV-TV high winds caused the glass to break and blow into Concourse C and Terminal One on the upper floors. Minor injuries were reported there.

There also were unconfirmed reports of tornadoes in the Dardenne Prairie and New Melle area of St. Charles County. Residents of Warren County also reported baseball-size hail.

In downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium officials hurriedly moved several thousand Cardinals fans to a safe area as tornado sirens blared.

See exclusive photos of the damage at Lambert here.

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Comments (7)
  1. William Davidso says:

    Though the seriousness of this news is not a laughing matter, what did they do with the Cin Red Fans?

  2. Relayman5C says:

    Hopefully, the Reds fans are okay. We do have tornados in southwest Ohio and anyone from Cincinnati should be aware of the possibility of a tornado and what to do when one hits.

    I’m guessing that a lot of Reds fans drove to St. Louis instead of flying. It’s only about a six hour drive.

    1. STLRODE says:

      I think the Cincin fans were left on the field to hold the tarp in place ; )

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