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Tornado strike St. Louis airport in US
Sat, 23 Apr 2011 17:12:07 GMT
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Storm damage is seen next to a parking garage outside terminal one at St. Louis International Airport. AFP Photo
Several people have been injured after an apparent tornado lifted the roof off the terminal building at Lambert Airport in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The airport was shut down and flights were diverted to other locations due to the strong winds on Friday night, The Associated Press reported.

Windows in the concourse were also shattered and cars in the airport parking lot were damaged.

Four people were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries due to flying glass.

Passengers on two planes were left stranded on the airport runway due to the winds, but were later rescued.

Officials shut down the airport on Saturday to investigate the damage.

Unconfirmed tornadoes have also been reported in several counties in the Saint Louis area. Thousands have lost power and many highways have been closed.

Powerful tornadoes in several US states claimed over 40 lives earlier this month. Overall, more than 200 twisters were reported in 14 states across the country.

The storms began in Oklahoma, moving to Kansas and Texas, eventually raking through Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia. Extensive damage was reported in North Carolina, where 22 people lost their lives.

Storms kill an average of 70 people in the US every year. The deadliest recorded tornadoes in America happened in 1974 when 300 people lost their lives.

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