The storm rolled across St. Louis around 5 a.m. Residents in University City reported hearing sirens and what sounded like a freight train just before trees started to fall.
There were numerous trees down on McKnight road including one that fell onto a house and another that caused a gas main break. Residents in the area had to be evacuated.
University City has set up a Disaster Hotline for tornado victims. Anyone who needs help and is not experiencing an emergency should call 314-505-8540. This number should be used by property owners and residents to report tornado or other natural related damage.
The hotline will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Heman Park Community Center is open for residents who have been evacuated. The center is located at 975 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ameren and Laclede gas crews are on the scene in University City on North McKnight.
Strong smell of natural gas in the University City area on North McKnight near Spoon. Residents are being evacuated.
Ameren reporting at least 1800 power outages in Missouri. Most of the outages are in the Vinta Park, Olivette areas.