Sunday for many in St. Louis was a celebration of Easter.  For others, it was working overtime patching up the damage from Friday night’s tornado.

It turned out to be the area’s most powerful tornado in 44 years and it tore into Lambert Airport, ripped through the north county suburbs and then crossed the Mississippi and slammed Granite City, and later, Highland, Illinois.

The storm destroyed about a hundred homes, shattered hundreds of panes of glass at the airport’s main terminal and blew a shuttle bus on top of a roof.

Yet no one is killed. . . or even seriously hurt. . .and the airport was back in business Sunday morning.

Most say the human storm toll was low because we know what to do. . .we heed the warnings and we head to the basement ahead of the tornado.  This one was wrapped in rain and many didn’t see it coming.

At church on Easter Sunday, many said it was more than preparedness. . .it was prayer.

Whatever it was, it worked, at least in terms of a human toll.

The property damage is already running into the millions.

The Red Cross, United Way and Salvation Army are all mounting major relief efforts and the word from the White House is that federal aid is also on the way.

– Bob Hamilton, KMOX News

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