St Louis Airport Tornado
April 23, 2011 by USA Post
St Louis Airport Tornado, A travel site on Saturday flashed the word “canceled” in red letters flashing through a schedule of flights online for the largest airport in Missouri after a run of bad weather stranded passengers throughout the region.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the most active 30 is closed after a tornado struck the facility on Friday, but officials hope to reopen on Sunday.
“All departure and arrival flights are canceled until further notice, pending a full safety assessment of airport facilities,” said the website of the airport on Saturday.
San Luis bound flights were diverted to neighboring airports because of storms, including more than a dozen flights to Kansas City International Airport, according to airport spokesman Joe McBride.
Diverted passengers were accommodated in hotels, and at least three companies tried to accommodate travelers frustrated on Saturday that the school bus from Kansas City to St. Louis, said.
Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said an American Airlines 757 jet suffered major damage and four other American aircraft had minor damage.
Friday night, tired passenger lines wrapped around the airport car rental center in a desperate attempt to find alternative means of transport.
“It was crazy,” said company employee Daniel Tighe. “People were coming into Kansas City, only to realize that their flight had been canceled.
“We took in walk-in reservations last night,” he added. “It is also the weekend.”
On Saturday the influx of cars going reserves had declined since the diverted passengers headed to San Luis.
“We had several careers, the Greyhound bus station and central railway station,” said Chris Bos, an employee of Nick & Nino taxi service in Kansas City. “Most people do not complain. Not much else can be done.”
AirTran said it would fly passengers from St. Louis bound for Bloomington, Illinois, or Kansas City, Missouri, according to company spokesman Christopher White.
However, thunderstorms and flooding potential is still hanging over the St. Louis area Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
Major damage was evident in the surrounding communities, where an estimated, 000 homes were without electricity.
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