Morning round-up
10:08 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Morning headlines: February 29, 2012

Severe weather destroyed a Shopping Center in Harrisburg, Ill. on February 29, 2012. Winds were reported overnight at about 60 miles per hour.
(UPI/Caleb Cattivera)

Nixon declares state of emergency for severe storms, possible tornadoes hit southwestern Mo., southern Ill.; at least four confirmed dead

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Rebuilding Joplin
5:03 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Missouri sports organizations team up to build homes in Joplin

Governor Jay Nixon (left) outlined his challenge to Missouri sports teams to help rebuild Joplin.
Joseph Leahy St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon is putting Missouri's athletic organizations to work in helping to rebuild Joplin.

Teaming with the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, Nixon is challenging members from the St. Louis Rams and Cardinals among other teams across the state to build 35 houses by June.

 "When people know that these sports teams are coming, and when they see the players and the other folks, it really really helps," said Nixon.

St. Louis County / Tornado Sirens
4:49 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Don't be alarmed: St. Louis County to re-test new tornado sirens

St. Louis County is scheduled to re-test some of their tornado sirens starting tomorrow, Feb. 1. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

In response to calls from residents during an actual tornado warning last month, St. Louis County officials have announced that they'll begin a series of re-tests of some of their new tornado sirens on Wednesday.

Any siren location where officials received multiple calls from residents claiming not to have heard the siren will be subject to the re-tests.

The re-tests will occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be accompanied by "This is only a test" messages at the beginning and end of each activation.

Severe Weather
12:40 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Tornado warnings, watches pass through St. Louis area

Updated 8:30 a.m: The watches and warnings for the St. Louis area have all expired. Local news stations are reporting that buildings used by Belleville West High School sustained heavy damage, but there are no reports of injuries. There are about 1,400 Ameren Missouri customers in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area without power, but there are no outages reported in the Metro East.

Updated 3:50 a.m.: Tornado Warnings now expired for the majority of the listening area. However, the area is also under a tornado watch until 7 a.m.

Updated 3:29 a.m.: Tornado Warning in effect for Clinton, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington Counties in Illinois until 3:45 a.m. (Monroe removed from this warning at 3:37 a.m.)

Updated 2:44 a.m.: A Tornado Warning is now in effect for St. Louis and Jefferson Counties in Missouri, Monroe County in Illinois until 3:15 a.m.

Updated 2:23 a.m.: Tornado Warning in effect for Franklin, Jefferson, Washington Counties in Missouri until 2:45 a.m.

Updated 1:53 a.m.: A Tornado Warning now in effect in Franklin, Jefferson Counties in Missouri until 2:15 a.m. More info:

Attention: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the St. Louis area. The watches (in Missouri and Illinois) both expire at 7 a.m.

Tornado sirens - test
5:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

St. Louis Co. to retest some tornado sirens this week

St. Louis County will retest 18 of its new tornado warning sirens this week. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons/FEMA Photo Library)

St. Louis County will be re-testing some of its tornado sirens this week.

The county has already tested the new omni-directional, solar-powered warning system twice since Labor Day.

But a spokesman for the county’s Department of Highways and Traffic and Public Works, David Wrone, says residents living near 18 of the sirens haven’t been able to hear them.

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6:06 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Red Cross national disaster warehouse prepares for severe weather

Mary Anderson (front) briefs city and county officials at the agency's national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis
Joseph Leahy

A year after one of the worst winters in decades, emergency officials say St. Louis is prepared for more severe weather. City and county officials were briefed Thursday on the American Red Cross's preparations at its national disaster warehouse in north St. Louis.

Mary Anderson, the Red Cross' regional director of disaster services says since last year's devastating tornados that struck Missouri, the Red Cross is making space in the 100,000 square-foot facility for more supplies.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
10:21 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Lambert's C Concourse could reopen in April

A screen capture of a video of the inside of the entrance of Terminal C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as a tornado descended on the building on April 22, 2011.
(Screen Capture via YouTube)

Officials at Lambert Airport are hoping to reopen the C Concourse in April - about one year after the concourse was severely damaged in a Good Friday tornado. The April date is consistent with the projected timeframe we reported in October.

Remember seeing this video? That was the C Concourse.

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Sunset Hills Tornado
5:35 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Still up in the air: Sunset Hills, a year after the tornado

A bare foundation remains of a house on West Watson Rd. The house was destroyed by a tornado that hit Sunset Hills on New Year's Eve 2010.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

One year ago tomorrow a rare winter tornado tore through the St. Louis County suburb of Sunset Hills. Since then residents who could repair their homes have moved on, but as St. Louis Public Radio’s Joseph Leahy reports, those who lost everything are still battling city hall for the future of the neighborhood.

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Lewis Place tornado
3:22 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Lewis Place finally receiving state aid

The historic entrance arch to the Lewis Place neighborhood, which will receive state aid nearly a year after a tornado damaged 91 homes in the area.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Nearly a year after a tornado damaged 91 homes in the area, residents of the Lewis Place neighborhood in north St. Louis are getting some help from the state of Missouri.

The Board of Aldermen on Friday voted to accept $500,000 in state disaster assistance. The city's required $500,000 match came from community development funds. Mayor Francis Slay will sign the measure as soon as he can.

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1:50 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Mo. gets $5M disaster-recovery grant from FEMA

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon walks with resident Anthony Tumminia during a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Mo. on Jan. 1, 2011. Sunset Hills sustained damage to about 25 homes in a storm Dec. 31, 2010. Tumminia'a home was completely destroyed.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri is getting more than $5 million from the federal government to help in the long-term recovery for people hit by tornadoes and flooding.

The grant announced Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available to help people hit by tornadoes in the Joplin and St. Louis areas, as well as flooding along the Mississippi River and in southern Missouri.

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