ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis area continued cleaning up Monday from damage caused by the fourth tornado to hit the region in 21â„2 years.
Like the New Year's Eve tornado in 2010, the Good Friday tornado in 2011 and the twister that hit St. Louis' famed Hill and suburban areas in April, widespread damage occurred. And just like those previous tornadoes, no one was killed. Experts believe that's partly due to people heeding warnings, and partly just good luck.
The storm Friday night spawned two tornadoes, one that began in St. Charles County and traveled 32 miles through parts of St. Louis County.
The other started in northeast St. Louis County and went into Illinois.
Hundreds of homes were badly damaged, including at least 600 in St. Charles County.
And, for the second time in two years, Lambert Airport in St. Louis is cleaning up after a tornado caused significant damage to Missouri's largest airport.
Friday's storms caused extensive damage to two aircraft hangars, three out buildings and a parking lot. Repair costs have not been determined.
On April 22, 2011, a strong tornado hit Lambert, significantly damaging a terminal and knocking out dozens of windows. Total damage was $25 million.
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that damage at Lambert on Friday was also from a tornado.
The damage will not stop Lambert from hosting the arrival of the high-tech Solar Impulse plane, scheduled to arrive Monday night.