ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Sunday night`s strong storms produced an EF-2 tornado with maximum winds estimated at 120 miles per hour.
It touched down in rural part of St. Charles County about two miles north of Mid-Rivers Mall.
The hardest hit house sits on Highway C, near Silvers Road.
The damage is substantial. The owners were away on vacation.
The house has been surrounded by floodwater from the Mississippi for the past several days.
When the storm hit, Nick Johnson and his family had the good luck not to be home in their mobile home which sits out in the open on top of a hill on Silvers Road.
'You see it one TV and you don`t think much of it until you get out and it`s your own house and it is your own stuff,' he said.
Tammy Jones, who also lives on Silvers Road, had a camper she was storing for a friend overturned and the carport protecting it crumpled by the winds.
'It was very scary,' she said. 'It shook the whole house and I for sure thought all the windows were going to blow out and I thought maybe the house was going to blow away,' Jones said.
The other building hit hard is a caretaker`s house on property owned by the Busch family.
August Busch III was seen Monday morning checking the damage.
While many homes in the sparsely populated area had no damage, almost all were still without power as of late Monday afternoon because three poles carrying the only line feeding electricity to the area were broken and surrounded by high water.