ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. (KPLR) – With the baseball delay, it’s safe to say Wednesday’s severe weather came unwanted. But outside the ballpark, other parts of the bi-state area suffered from the storms as well; St. Charles County among the worst.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in St. Charles County spent the day closely watching the line of thunderstorms that rolled through the area. NWS Senior Meteorologist Thomas Spriggs says the storm brought wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, which uprooted trees and downed power lines throughout the county.
At the Progress Park Community Center in Wentzville, tornado sirens forced employees and athletes into a tornado shelter. When they emerged, staff members discovered that the storm blew right over their athletic field, bending an iron goal post, uprooting a tree, overturning a bench and scattering debris.
Spriggs says, “That’s generally what we saw in St. Charles County, was wind damage. You usually see an event like this once and twice during the fall, which will have a lot of wind damage reports with it.”
Progress Park employees say the damage to the field will impact weekend activities, especially a little league football game scheduled for Saturday.
Until the park’s director officially surveys the damage, there’s no telling whether the kids will be able to use the field, or how much it will cost to fix the damaged goal post.
Still, the tornado warning could have resulted in a far worse outcome. Wentzville Police Dept. Major Paul West says, “Obviously we’re here to make sure the citizens are safe, we want to make sure that the people are aware of what’s going on, hence the sirens the city puts out.”
Spriggs adds, “The western part of the St. Louis metropolitan area had the worse though, what we saw in metro east really wasn’t too bad.” He says more severe damage was spotted southwest on I-44, towards Rolla.