tornado

Joplin Tomorrow Foundation
4:17 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Danforth to lead fundraising effort for Joplin

Aerial footage taken two days after an EF-5 tornado pummeled Joplin shows the destruction to the city's Home Depot. John Danforth has announced he will head a new foundation designed to get businesses to relocate or expand in Joplin.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

A former Republican Senator from Missouri is leading a new non-profit organization that will offer business loans to businesses who want to build or expand in Joplin.

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Lambert tornado repairs
5:07 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Lambert could take up to a year to finish tornado repairs

Workers survey damaged windows at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 23, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Lambert Airport officials say it could take up to a year to repair all of the damage inflicted by the Good Friday tornado. The twister blew out windows and tore part of the roof off of the C Concourse. The concourse has been closed off since the night of the tornado, with gates and waiting areas moved to the D Concourse, which had been closed previously.

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 26, 2011

A video screen capture of damage sustained in Sedalia, Mo. from a tornado that ripped through the area Wednesday afternoon. Injuries were reported but no one was killed.
(Screen capture via YouTube user mbost89)

Severe Weather and Tornadoes Hit Missouri...Again

Storms capable of producing tornadoes pounded parts of the state Wednesday afternoon.

In Sedalia, Mo., a tornado destroyed dozens of mobile homes and heavily damaged several businesses along one of the city's main highways. No one was killed and only 15-to-25 minor injuries were reported.

Acting Police Chief Larry Ward says despite all the damage, it feels like Sedalia dodged a bullet.

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From St. Louis on the Air
2:08 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Cold winter, strong jet stream combine for an unusual tornado season

National Weather Service risk map
(Mike Smith)

This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air.  Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm. 

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their home. in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 has claimed 122 lives and is now the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock

Joplin City Leaders Not Giving Up Hope

Officials in Joplin refuse to abandon hope of finding more survivors in the wreckage from Sunday night's tornado that killed at least 122 people and injured 750 more.

Rescuers are preparing to go over ground searched as many as three times already. The search has been described as "methodical" with rescuers going house-to-house searching for those trapped in the rubble.

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Severe weather
7:27 am
Wed May 25, 2011

More severe weather expected in St. Louis area today

The National Weather Service says severe weather is on the way in St. Louis.
flickr/Marcin Wichary

More violent weather could be headed to the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Although as of 7 a.m. this morning, no severe weather warnings have been issued, the National Weather Service is expecting a significant severe weather outbreak today.

Meteorologist Melissa Byrd with the National Weather Service, says the weather will effect most of Mo. and Ill., especially over the eastern half of Mo. and the southern half of Ill.

Other News
4:00 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

More bad weather predicted for Missouri

Missouri could get more severe weather through mid-week.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper says a slow-moving system is working its way from the Rockies.

Kramper says as cool dry air from the north collides with warm humid air from the south, there could be more tornadoes.

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Severe Weather
11:19 pm
Sun May 22, 2011

Severe weather hits Missouri

Previously, parts of the St. Louis Public Radio listening area were under a tornado watch. This tornado watch has now been lifted.

For the latest updates from the National Weather Service, see this update page.

Joplin, Mo. was also hit particularly hard from this round of tornadoes and storms. Fatalities have been confirmed.

See previous updates after the break.

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Tornado Cleanup / Vice President Biden
11:51 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Biden tours portions of tornado-damaged St. Louis

Vice President Joe Biden (R) visits with resident Djuna Miller while Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks with Mayor Kyra Watson during a tour of tornado damage in Berkeley, Missouri on May 11, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Jake Wagman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was also used in this report.

Vice President Joe Biden is getting a first-hand look at damage left from a tornado that hit the St. Louis area last month.

Biden flew into the area Wednesday morning and took a walking tour with Gov. Jay Nixon of portions of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley.

Neighborhoods there still showed signs of ruin from the April 22 storms. Some large trees remain toppled onto houses while piles of debris were found along many of the streets.

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Missouri Disaster Recovery
5:29 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Mo. treasurer Zweifel making fast, low-interest loans available to disaster victims

A home in Ferguson, Mo. damaged by the "Good Friday" (April 22) tornadoes of 2011.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri State Treasurer is making low-interest loans available to over 40 counties trying to rebound from a string of weather-related disasters.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who was in the St. Louis region Tuesday, says the loans will help homeowners and businesses qualify for loans in less than 24 hours.

Zweifel also says the new program will cut red tape and help qualified borrowers receive low-interest assistance loans in less than 24 hours.

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