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.