Tornado That Damaged St. Louis' Lambert Airport Was EF3

Posted on April 23, 2011

The National Weather Service says the tornado that damaged Lambert Airport in St. Louis, Mo. was at least an EF3. This means winds in the 136 to 165 mph range. The tornado lifted the roof off of a concourse at the airport and shattered class in the airport's main terminal. The airport is closed until at least Sunday.



Here is the short EF3 report from the NWS.
...INITIAL DAMAGE SURVEY INDICATES AT LEAST EF3 DAMAGE IN NORTH ST LOUIS COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS FOUND AT LEAST EF3 DAMAGE IN THE BRIDGETON AREA IN NORTH ST LOUIS COUNTY.

EF3 DAMAGE INDICATES WINDS OF OVER 135 MPH.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS JUST ONE REPORT FROM ONE OF THE 4 TEAMS THAT ARE SURVEYING THE DAMAGE...SO THIS RATING MAY CHANGE.
The tornado also flattened homes in a neighborhood near the airport in Bridgeton, Mo. Take a look:

 


Local St. Louis stations KPLR, KSDK and KMOV have ongoing reports on the tornado.