The St. Louis area was experiencing severe weather on the evening of May 21, 2019 with the frightening but now likely expired possibility of tornadoes. “Funnel clouds have been sited (sic) near Lambert airport with this storm. Seek shelter immediately!!” the National Weather Service’s St. Louis office wrote just after 7 p.m. A tornado warning was issued for the City of St. Louis and surrounding areas. However, at 7:19 p.m, the office declared: “The City of St. Louis is no longer under a tornado warning [7:18 pm] #mowx.”
Although flights were grounded at the St. Louis airport, they have now resumed. “Severe storm line has passed. @FAANews has ended ground stop. Flights are resuming. #stlairport has issued all clear to resume normal operations,” the airport wrote. The danger had shifted largely to Illinois.
“Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Saint Louis MO, Belleville IL, Oakville MO until 8:00 PM CDT,” the office continued.
St. Louis Emergency Management wrote, “The tornado warning has now been canceled for the City of St. Louis. We do remain under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8 p.m. and a tornado watch until 10 p.m. (Message time 7:22 p.m. 5/21/19).”
People posted videos and photos to social media showing the bad weather. You can see them throughout this article.
You can get the latest weather updates via the National Weather Service’s St. Louis office on Twitter.
Trees were down near Augusta.
The tornado-producing weather was clustered around Cahokia, Illinois.
Just before 7 p.m., the City of St. Louis Emergency Management wrote, “Please shelter now. Stay tuned to local media and wait until the storm passes before leaving your shelter.” The situation in the City of St. Louis escalated quickly from a severe thunderstorm warning to a tornado warning. Tornado warning sirens were reportedly going off in downtown St. Louis:
Here’s another view:
Arrivals & Departures Were Stopped at the St. Louis Airport But They’ve Restarted
The airport was temporarily closed. But word then came that flights have resumed and the ground stop was lifted.
“The @FAANews has stopped all arrivals and departures at the #stlairport due to the extreme weather in the region,” the airport wrote. If you’re flying, the airport says, check your flight status with your airline here.
One reporter wrote that the all clear had been given at the airport.
Just before 7 p.m., the NWS reported that there were tornado warnings for “Saint Louis MO, Oakville MO, University City MO until 7:30 PM CDT.”
Nine minutes before that, the NWS tweeted: “Tornado Warning continues for Saint Charles MO, Florissant MO, Maryland Heights MO until 7:00 PM CDT.” The NWS also wrote, “Tornado Warning including Florissant MO, Alton IL, Hazelwood MO until 7:45 PM CDT.” At about 7:11, the office wrote, “Tornado Warning including Granite City IL, Collinsville IL, Edwardsville IL until 7:45 PM CDT.”
A Large Debris Ball Was Spotted on Radar Near Augusta Missouri
The office also shared this information:
“No rotation visible outside the office here in Weldon Spring, just heavy rain and gusty wind [6:23 pm].”
“Large debris ball is evident on radar. People just east of Augusta take shelter NOW!!”
Heavy rain was reported.
People posted photos and videos showing the bad weather on social media.
“Widespread flooding is ongoing across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri due to very heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours,” NWS wrote. “The threat for severe thunderstorms producing tornadoes, strong winds, large hail, and additional flash flooding, will continue to shift slowly eastward across the region today. Additional, dangerous flooding is expected.”