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.
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: http://bit.ly/zK1nMe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joplin High School had a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to recover from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed over 160 people.
Missouri college students and staff are being asked to donate a weekend or a holiday this semester and take part in ongoing relief efforts in Joplin.
On May 22, the southwest Missouri city was devastated by a massive tornado that killed more than 150 people. A campaign called “Show Me U Care” is recruiting groups of students, faculty and staff from college campuses across Missouri to travel to Joplin and help rebuild homes and provide other needs.