Lambert St Louis Airport closed indefinitely after hit by tornado, all flights canceled

By on Apr 24, 2011 in Natural Disasters, Travel, United States Comments

Update: April 24, 2011 3:47 p.m.

Read Lambert St. Louis Airport reopens after hit by tornado, flights resume

Lambert St Louis Airport is now closed after it was hit by tornado, and all flights are now canceled as hundreds of homes and properties were ruined.

St Louis Airport Terminal 1 outside
parking lot after hit by tornado

Image Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP

As announced on its official website on Saturday, April 23, Lambert St Louis Airport is “closed indefinitely and all departing and arriving flights are canceled until further notice”.

As confirmed by National Weather Service (NWS), a strong tornado hit St Louis Airport and nearby communities including Bridgeton on Friday, April 22, at around 8:15 p.m. (US time)

Although there was no reported casualty, some people were slightly injured apparently due to smashed windows and debris caused by the tornado, as even a portion of the airport’s roof was damaged.

Cars on the highway were thrown away as some houses and establishments were completely smashed, while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that there was no damaged airplane.

Meanwhile, workers from St Louis County and surrounding communities are now cleaning up the airport and power on the area is expected to resume on Saturday late afternoon.

As noted at CNN, St. Louis County Mayor Francis G. Slay suggested that around 70 percent of the canceled flights may resume on Sunday once the power in the airport will be restored by Saturday.

Meanwhile, passengers are being advised to contact their respective airlines for further flight information.

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