HAZELWOOD, MO. (KTVI) – Residents in Hazelwood woke up to heavy damage and power outages. Others who took cover from a tornado haven't been to bed at all.
Hazelwood Mayor Matt Robinson says 24 homes were damaged in the area and an apartment complex was evacuated due to a gas leak. Rescuers gathered at Shackelford Road and Patterson Road overnight to assess damage and help any residents in need.
A command center is now set up at Lynnhaven Lane and Howdershell. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and is touring Hazelwood Thursday morning.
Thursday morning, Mayor Robinson said most damaged properties had been checked and no deaths have been reported.
Power is out in many parts of Hazelwood and Florissant. Power lines are down, tree limbs litter the roads, roofs have been blown off or damaged, and trees were felled by winds clocked over 100 mph. According to Ameren Missouri, just before 6:00 a.m., more than 10,000 customers in that area were still without power.
The Red Cross opened a shelter and meal site Thursday morning at the Hazelwood Civic Center, 8969 Dunn Rd., while closing the shelter at Armstrong Elementary.
Six people stayed at the Hazelwood school shelter Wednesday night, but Armstrong Elementary was running on generated power, so the Red Cross moved the food and shelter operation to the community center on Dunn Road.
Red Cross Damage Assessment volunteers are canvasing Hazelwood neighborhoods affected by the Wednesday night tornado. Casework Outreach teams will go door to door Thursday afternoon to help residents in need.