ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cars were throw off highways and homes were destroyed in Missouri and Illinois after storms swept through the area Tuesday night.
A little more than 1,000 in St. Louis and Perry County are still without power, as of 8 a.m., on the Missouri side of the river. In Illinois, more than 100 power poles are down in the Ottawa area, and more than 22,330 lost power at some point overnight Tuesday.
Golf-ball to ping-pong size hail fell in Mehlville and Oakville, Mo., and Troy and Edwardsville, Ill.
In Collinsville, Ill., a tree branch blew onto a car with a family inside. Police tell us there were no serious injuries in that incident.
Perry County had some of the worst damage Wednesday morning. One person was killed by an apparent tornado that also damaged between eight and 10 homes.
That’s where witness reported cars were picked up and carried off the Interstate 55 by a tornado. A junkyard in the area had 20 of its scrapped vehicles thrown out of the yard.
Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz said search-and-rescue crews were going door-to-door and checking the highway to see if there were other victims.
In Ottawa, state Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson said a tornado victim was killed by an uprooted tree. Minor injuries were also reported at an Ottawa nursing home, but Thompson said the number of those hurt in the twisters was not known.
Strong winds were also reported in some Illinois towns without a tornado, including 70 mph winds in Sauget, 65 mph in Mascoutah and 60 mph at Scott Air Force Base.