Storms that tracked through the St. Louis area on June 28 included a tornado that touched down in a lightly populated area of St. Charles County.
The National Weather Service office at Weldon Spring said that an EF-2 tornado with winds estimated at 120 mph or more touched down around 8:04 p.m. near the intersection of Silver Road and Hwy. C, about two miles north of Mid Rivers Mall Drive and just west of 370 Park in St. Peters. The Weather Service said the tornado was gone by 8:09 p.m.
Several homes sustained damage that included the loss of a roof and siding materials. A shed was destroyed and tree trunks and utility poles also were snapped. St. Charles County Police Chief Dave Todd said the residents of those homes were not present during the tornado and no one was injured.
EF-2 tornadoes are considered “strong” storms with winds in the range of 111 to 135 mph. The tornado followed a 400-yard by 2.26-mile path in a sparsely populated, unincorporated area north of Interstate 70. That portion of St. Charles County is subject to flooding when the Mississippi River is high, thus the damaged houses were largely surrounded by floodwater.
Also, because of the high water, the path of the storm was obscured: however, the National Weather Service assessment of the storm noted areas where the corn crop was disturbed.
Todd said floodwaters made it difficult to reach the area that evening. He also noted that several utility poles ended up underwater after being toppled.
Ameren, which provides electricity to the area, used a special type of all-terrain vehicle to reach the poles, Lori Light, an Ameren spokesperson, said. Light said about 250 customers were without power near St. Peters after the storm.