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UNIVERSITY, MO (KTVI)– As night falls on the tornado stricken neighborhood in University City, victims are taking shelter in damaged homes as more storms roll through.

One of the things that makes University City such a great place to live is all the old trees, except when a tornado touches down and does this.

Ninety-four homes in U-City have some kind of damage, 20 of them are condemned.

Perhaps the hardest hit area is a u-shaped street near the south-west corner of Ruth Park on a u-shaped street called Chartres Avenue on one side and Laval Drive on the other.

Homes up and down both those streets lost roofs and several big trees which were uprooted and then fell on other homes and cars.

Remarkably there are no serious reported injuries, but for the few moments the tornado was on the ground it was terrifying.

As we mentioned, the streets with the worst damage are close to the Ruth Park Golf Course, but only two trees in that park have substantial damage and both are along the edges. The golf course is in good shape.

Ameren is there trying to restore power but at last report about 700 customers in St. Louis County were still in the dark.

One thing we heard time and again is that the sirens went off only after the tornado hit. We are still trying to get answers about that from St. Louis County, but we do know the tornado essentially formed right over U-City on the leading edge of the storm. So it didn`t give anyone much warning.

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