Ten Numbers to Know About Good Friday Tornadoes
National Weather Service figures detail the devastation the Good Friday tornadoes caused in areas surrounding Hazelwood in St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Illinois.
Two tornadoes that touched down in St. Louis and St. Charles counties caused widespread damage in Missouri and Illinois on Friday. Here is a look at the extent of the storms as detailed on the website of the National Weather Service.
- 2 — Tornadoes that caused damage Friday in St. Charles, St. Louis and Madison counties, in addition to a section of St. Louis City
- 8 — Some of the cities affected by Friday's storms. They are New Melle; Granite City, IL; Maryland Heights; Bridgeton; St. Ann; Edmundson; Berkeley and Ferguson.
- 200 to 400 yards — Swath of damage caused in Maryland Heights
- 250 yards — Maximum swath of St. Charles County tornado damage
- 5 miles — Distance the St. Charles County tornado traveled after touching down near New Melle
- 22 miles — Distance the St. Louis County-Illinois tornado traveled
- 44 — Years ago when a storm of comparable strength happened in St. Louis County.
- EF1 — Rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of storm that hit near New Melle
- EF4 — Rating of storm that touched down near Creve Coeur Lake and traveled 22 miles east, ending in llinois.
- 2,700 — Number of St. Louis County homes initially estimated to need evaluation after Friday's storm, St. Louis County Police Department media relations Officer Rick Eckhard said.