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“It could’ve been worse. I’ve lost everything before,” said Ted Behrhorst, 63, as he and some neighbors have a beer in front of his house that was struck by falling limbs from a tree in the 6400 block of Sutherland Ave. in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. This is the second time in about a month Behrhorst’s house was hit by limbs from the same tree. Residents on the street say they have complained for years to the city that some of the old trees need to be removed but no action was taken.

Video by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com



Storms tore through the St. Louis region Thursday night, downing trees and utility lines, knocking out power and ripping the roof off an elementary school and homes in Warrenton.

About 6 p.m., the Warrenton Fire Protection District responded to a report of a roof collapse at Daniel Boone Elementary School on Vosholl Avenue in Warrenton.

Part of the roof at the Daniel Boone Elementary School has been blown off during storms in Warrenton @stltoday pic.twitter.com/QYqojKSKKW

— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) August 13, 2021

Capt. Matt Dabbs with the department said a large piece of the roof over the library and office had been torn away. Janitors were in the building, but there were no injuries, he said.

The school was not scheduled to open until Aug. 24, Dabbs said, otherwise, the situation could have been much worse.

“It came out of nowhere,” Dabbs said of the storm that blew through in the early evening. “We were watching it come in, but it grew quicker than we thought.”

The department received at least 25 calls within about 30 minutes, he said. Several power lines were down throughout the area, and roofs were damaged on several homes, but there were no reports of injuries.

“We’ve been inundated with calls,” he said.

At 10:30 p.m., Ameren reported more than 80,000 customers throughout Missouri were without power, while at least 14,000 were without power in Illinois. Kirkwood and Florissant each had more than 200 people out of power at one point before 8 p.m.

Reports of damage were coming in throughout the area, with limbs, trees and power lines down in some parts.

St. Louis resident Ted Behrhorst was out Thursday evening, calmly surveying damage caused by downed trees at his home at 6400 Sutherland Avenue. It was the second time in several weeks that his home has been damaged by storms.

“Why this has got to happen here, it’s ridiculous,” he said, acknowledging the damage could have been worse. “I don’t know what to say.”

The National Weather Service had reports of trees down on power lines in De Soto, a tree that had blown over near Interstate 64 in Frontenac and weather damage throughout numerous other cities in the area, from De Soto to Kirkwood, Ballwin and the Metro East, as the storms moved through.

Photos: Evening storm rips through St. Louis region

Severe storm tears across St. Louis

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“It could’ve been worse, I’ve lost everything before” said Ted Behrhorst, 63, as he and some neighbors have a beer in front of his house that was struck by falling limbs from a tree in the 6400 block of Sutherland Ave in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. This is the second time in about a month Behrhorst’s house was hit by limbs from the same tree. Residents on the street say they have complained for years to the city that some of the old trees need to be removed but no action was taken. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com severer



Severe storm tears across St. Louis

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34 min ago

Severe storm tears across St. Louis

“It could’ve been worse, I’ve lost everything before” said Ted Behrhorst, 63, after his house was hit by falling limbs from a tree in the 6400 block of Sutherland Ave in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. This is the second time in about a month Behrhorst’s house was hit by limbs from the same tree. Residents on the street say they have complained for years to the city that some of the old trees need to be removed but no action was taken. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com severer



Severe storm tears across St. Louis

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Severe storm tears across St. Louis

Matt Garascia takes a photo of storm damage on his street in the 6400 block of Sutherland Ave in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Large tree limbs hit Garascia’s car and probably totaled it after a storm a few weeks earlier also totaled a different car he owned. Residents on the street say they have complained for years to the city that some of the old trees need to be removed. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com severer



Severe storm tears across St. Louis

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Severe storm tears across St. Louis

Matt Garascia takes a photo of storm damage on his street in the 6400 block of Sutherland Ave in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Large tree limbs crushed the rear of Garascia’s SUV and probably totaled it after a storm a few weeks earlier also totaled a different car he owned. Residents on the street say they have complained for years to the city that some of the old trees need to be removed. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com severer



Severe storm tears across St. Louis

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Severe storm tears across St. Louis

Dark clouds from a storm front move west past South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com severer



Storm damage at 5400 block of Childress Avenue

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Storm damage at 5400 block of Childress Avenue

Storm damage is shown Thursday night to a house in the 5400 block of Childress Avenue in St. Louis. Storms tore through the region, downing trees and power lines.



Storm damage at 6400 Sutherland Avenue in St. Louis

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Storm damage at 6400 Sutherland Avenue in St. Louis

A tree is shown toppled onto a car and blocking the road at 6400 Sutherland Avenue in St. Louis after storms blew through the area Thursday evening. Damage to trees and buildings and downed power lines were reported throughout the region.



Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

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Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

A crew with Mike Brown Roofing scramble to fix a roof collapse at the Daniel Boone Elementary School on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Warrenton. The schools first day is scheduled to happen on August 24, 2021. Photo by Daniel Shular, dshular@post-dispatch.com



Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

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Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

Two crew members with Mike Brown Roofing pull the roof covering from the side of the Daniel Boone Elementary School on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Warrenton after it collapsed during a storm. The schools first day is scheduled to happen on August 24, 2021. Photo by Daniel Shular, dshular@post-dispatch.com



Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

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Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

A crew with Mike Brown Roofing assesses the damage before trying to pull a part of the roof at the Daniel Boone Elementary School that collapsed during strong storms on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Warrenton. The schools first day is scheduled to happen on August 24, 2021. Photo by Daniel Shular, dshular@post-dispatch.com



Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

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Warrenton storm causes Daniel Boone Elementary roof collapse

A crew member with Mike Brown Roofing attaches a pulley to part of the roof covering that is hanging off the side of the Daniel Boone Elementary School so workers on top of the building can pull it back into place on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Warrenton. The schools first day is scheduled to happen on August 24, 2021. Photo by Daniel Shular, dshular@post-dispatch.com



Warrenton storm causes downed power lines

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Warrenton storm causes downed power lines

Vehicles with the Warrenton Fire Department close Sunnyside Road to traffic on Thursday, August 12, 2021, in Warrenton after storm caused building damage and took down power lines throughout the town. Photo by Daniel Shular, dshular@post-dispatch.com





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