St. Charles County, MO

Data available through 1/1/2013

Date

Time (CST)

F/EF-Scale

Length (Miles)

Maximum Width (Yards)

Killed

Injured

Property Damage

Source*

5/18/1883

7:00 PM

F3

15

200

1

6

n/a

G

Formed 4 miles S of Wright City in Warren County and moved NE, passing near Foristell and ending N of Wentzville.  At least 8 homes were destroyed.  A teaching certificate was carried for 50 miles.

3/28/1896

3:00 PM

F2

4

50

0

1

n/a

G

Formed near West Alton and moved NE into Madison County, IL.  A home was destroyed and freight cars were derailed.  A man was caught in the open, and carried 50 yards.

7/11/1909

11:45 AM

F2

4

30

0

0

n/a

G

Touched down on the Mississippi River and moved into Madison County, IL.

7/7/1915

3:25 PM

F2

14

n/a

4

20

n/a

G

Formed near Wentzville and moved E, passing through or near Gilmore, O'Fallon, and St. Peters.  Many buildings were destroyed in O'Fallon causing more than $20,000 in damage.  A woman and a child were killed when a horse and buggy were thrown 200 yards.  One person was killed in Wentzville and another at Gilmore.

4/19/1920

5:45 PM

F2

12

100

0

1

n/a

G

Caused extensive damage over Franklin County before crossing the Missouri River.

3/19/1938

5:53 PM

F3

53

300

0

n/a

n/a

G

Formed near St. Charles and moved ENE into Madison County, IL.  One person was injured in St. Charles County.

3/19/1948

5:30 AM

F2

4

400

0

0

n/a

G

Moved NE, then E causing roof damage to a third of the homes in Defiance.  Barns were leveled just outside of town.

3/26/1948

1:45 PM

F2

14

100

0

4

$65,000

G

Formed 7 miles S of Grafton, IL and moved NE.  It struck Smart Field, a deactivated Navy Field, tossing a pickup truck into the remains of the administration building.  The funnel crossed the Mississippi River into Jersey County, IL, SE of Elsah.

5/21/1949

4:50 PM

F4

30

600

n/a

n/a

n/a

G

Formed near Florissant in St. Louis County and moved ENE, crossing over the far eastern part of St. Charles County before moving into Madison County, IL.  This tornado killed 5, injured 55, and caused $1,500,000 in property damage.

3/25/1954

2:00 AM

F1

1

60

0

0

n/a

NCDC

3/25/1954

2:00 AM

F3

22

20

0

0

$35,000

G, NCDC

Formed near Gilmore and followed an intermittent path to the NE, finally dissipating W of Portage Des Sioux.  A small home was destroyed near Gilmore.  Barns and a hangar were also damaged. 

5/9/1957

3:30 PM

F2

9

150

0

0

n/a

NCDC

6/14/1957

9:00 AM

F1

0.2

20

0

0

n/a

NCDC

5/3/1958

3:20 PM

F1

0.2

10

0

0

n/a

NCDC

5/31/1958

12:00 AM

F1

7

33

0

1

 n/a

NCDC

6/10/1958

8:10 PM

F2

0.5

33

0

0

n/a

NCDC

6/13/1958

7:00 PM

F0

0.2

10

0

0

n/a

NCDC

6/30/1960

8:00 AM

F0

0.5

10

0

0

n/a

NCDC

10/14/1966

9:10 PM

F3

3

150

0

26

n/a

NCDC

A tornado touched down just SW of the intersection of I-70 and MO Highway 94 in St. Charles County.  Considerable damage occurred to trailers, business buildings and apartment houses along a SW to NE 0.75 mile long path, 100 to 200 yards wide.  At this point the tornado lifted for 2.5 miles as it passed over the more heavily populated parts of St. Charles.  It returned to the ground on the NE edge of St. Charles, just west of MO Highway 94 and north of the Wabash Railroad.  A newly completed church was unroofed and one wall blown out.  NE of the church, 15 trailers were destroyed and 26 people injured as the tornado swept through a trailer park.

10/24/1967

9:50 AM

F2

0.5

50

0

5

>$5,000

NCDC

A small tornado destroyed a drive-in restaurant, damaged a dozen parked cars and overturned, or damaged several house trailers on the west edge of Wentzville.   About 200 students attending a high school band festival were scheduled to eat at the drive-in 20 to 30 minutes later but had been returned instead to the high school for shelter as the storm approached with a tornado watch in effect.

10/24/1967

10:45 AM

F3

22

100

0

n/a

n/a

NCDC

Caused extensive damage over parts of St. Louis County before crossing the MO river and dissipating in St. Charles County.

6/1/1970

6:35 PM

F1

6

50

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A small tornado formed in the Missouri River Bottoms of extreme north St. Louis County, 2 miles S of Pelican Island.  The damage path crossed the eastern part of Pelican Island as it crossed the Missouri River, crossed a narrow strip of extreme eastern part of eastern St. Charles County between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and entered southeastern Jersey County, IL 7 miles upstream of the Alton Dam.  

6/4/1973

8:30 PM

F1

n/a

n/a

0

0

$0

NCDC

Tornado reported by the public near Harvester.  No damage reported.

4/7/1980

10:42 PM

F3

7

100

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A tornado formed near Florissant in St. Louis County and caused extensive damage before moving NE into St. Charles County.  The tornado passed through a rural area near West Alton where a long expanse of high tension distribution lines able to withstand 150 miles mph winds were toppled.  The tornado then moved into Madison County, IL.  This tornado injured a total of 15 people and cause damage in excess of $500,000. 

5/1/1983

4:48 PM

F1

0.3

50

0

0

>$500

NCDC

A tornado was reported just N of O'Fallon with some minor damage. 

5/1/1983

5:15 PM

F2

3

50

0

3

>$500,000

NCDC

A different tornado touched down on the S side of I-70 and moved right into O'Fallon.  Several businesses were severely damaged.  The roof was taken off an apartment building and a number of mobile homes were damaged.  One Laundromat received severe damage.  One girl in the Laundromat escaped injuries by going into the bathroom. 

11/15/1988

8:15 PM

F1

0.5

50

0

0

>$5,000

NCDC

A small tornado struck the west side of Wentzville and damaged a middle school.  The tornado first touched down near Wilmer Road on the S side of I-70. 

11/15/1988

8:25 PM

F3

1

200

0

10

>$500,000

NCDC

A tornado touched down on the SW side of O'Fallon, S of I-70.  The tornado was on the ground for no more than a couple of minutes and for just a little more than 200 yards at one point.  The first damage was near Byron Road just SW of O'Fallon.  The tornado produced considerable damage on the NW corner of the Osage Meadows subdivision, primarily to roofs, garages, fences, and trees.  The storm then produced extensive damage to to the Sunset Acres Condominiums.  Sixty-four of the 81 units were destroyed.  The tornado also took the roofs off of three houses.  A large window at a K-Mart store was blown out.  Many trees were damaged or destroyed.  Ten injuries were reported, of which 2 were hospitalized. 

11/27/1990

2:53 PM

F2

4

50

0

30

$20-30,000,000

NCDC

A tornado touched down about 1 mile SW of O'Fallon and produced an intermittent damage through O'Fallon to just NE of O'Fallon.  Damage was extensive in locations.  It is likely that at least some of the damage was from straight-line winds at the beginning of the storm.  The tornado was fast moving and all of the damage was distributed tot he NE.  However, several eyewitnesses, including law enforcement officials and trained spotters, saw a funnel cloud.  The damage included a large apartment complex, a publishing company, and the destruction of 6 businesses and four houses.  Many other homes, mobile homes, and businesses received significant damage. 

7/31/1993

4:20 PM

F0

0

90

0

0

$5,000

NCDC

7/31/1993

4:28 PM

F0

0

90

0

0

$0

NCDC

4/13/1998

3:22 PM

F0

10

50

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A weak tornado tracked from just east of Warrenton in Warren County to Lake St. Louis in St. Charles County. The tornado was spotted several times along the path by severe storm spotters, intermittently touching down but causing very little damage. The only reported damage of note was to the garage doors at the truck weigh station along Interstate 70 in Foristell.

5/23/1998

4:54 PM

F1

2

70

0

1

n/a

NCDC

A small tornado left an intermittent damage path through the Harvester area of St. Charles County. The first damage occurred about 1/8 mile south of Towers Road in the Vineyards subdivision. Here it snapped several trees and caused minor roof damage. The intensity was F0 with a width of about 40 yards. The tornado crossed Towers Road and moved into the Summerfield subdivision. Seventeen homes in this area suffered roof damage. Two homes were later condemned by county officials. The one injury occurred in this area. A 7 year-old boy suffered a cut from broken glass. The tornado at this point reached the lower end of F1 on the Fujita scale and had a damage width of about 60 yards. The tornado continued northeast and caused damaged in the vicinity of Hickory Dale Road where 8 homes suffered some degree of roof or siding damage. The roof of one home was completely blown off. Here the tornado was also at the lower end of F1 and reached its maximum damage width of 70 yards. The tornado crossed Caulks Hill Road causing some tree damage. The tornado began to dissipate with only tree damage noted to Jungs Station Road.

4/10/2001

7:30 PM

F0

4

50

0

0

n/a

NCDC

The 4th tornado spawned by the Heavy Precipitation Supercell that crossed central and eastern Missouri formed just E of Foristell and traveled 4 miles to just W of Wentzville. The tornado formed along the outer road of Interstate 70 where it destroyed a garage and blew a tractor-trailer onto some railroad tracks. The tornado caused minor damage to 3 homes, an automotive repair shop and a restaurant. Several trees and power poles were snapped along the path.

4/10/2001

7:47 PM

F1

1

100

0

0

$5,000,000

NCDC

The 5th tornado spawned by the Heavy Precipitation Supercell that moved across the NWS St. Louis County Warning Area formed in Lake St. Louis. Most of the damage was at the Mystic Village apartment complex where the tornado was briefly F1 in intensity. Altogether, 2 buildings were considered destroyed, 14 homes/apartment/businesses had major damage, and 8 other homes/apartments/businesses had minor damage.

5/27/2004

6:30 PM

F0

0

50

0

0

0

NCDC

Klondike Park officials reported a brief tornado that downed some trees in the park. 

6/18/2004

1:05 PM

F0

2

40

0

0

0

NCDC

A small tornado moved northeast along Femme Osage Creek Road in rural west St. Charles County. Damage was limited to snapped and uprooted trees. 

5/27/2004

6:35 PM

F0

2

50

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A small tornado downed some trees and caused roof damage to some outbuildings near the small community of Detters. The tornado formed near Highway T and tracked southeast along Fiddle Creek Road. 

1/1/2006

3:00 AM

F0

1

40

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A small tornado downed trees and damaged an outbuilding southwest of New Melle. 

12/31/2010

11:25 AM

EF0

2

50

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A tornado touched down on the Missouri River flood plain south of Augusta Bottom Road. A barn was knocked down along August Bottom Road and had part of its roof thrown across the road. The tornado travelled north northeast up the bluff towards Highway 94. A tree was uprooted and a house sustained minor exterior damage on the south side of Highway 94. The tornado crossed Highway 94 and removed part of the metal roof of an outbuilding. The roof debris was blown several hundred yards from the structure. Some of the sheet metal was found in a tree line well north of the building where the tornado lifted.

2/27/2011

10:53 PM

EF1

6

200

0

0

n/a

NCDC

The tornado touched down near the Balducci Winery, about 3 miles west-northwest of Augusta. The tornado then continued to the east, producing intermittent damage along Highway 94 before moving into the Missouri River Valley about 4 miles southwest of Defiance. The tornado crossed the Missouri River into extreme northeast Franklin County. The width ranged from 50 to 200 yards. Maximum damage, noted at several locations along the path, was estimated at EF1. Some of the more significant damage included the total removal of a roof from a century old home at the Balducci Winery, significant tree and home damage 1 to 2 miles east of the winery, large trees snapped at a catholic church 1 mile northwest of Augusta, and structural damage to a home just northeast of Klondike Park. The total overall length of the tornado for both St. Charles and Franklin counties was 9.35 miles.

4/22/2011

6:17 PM

EF1

7.4

250

0

0

n/a

NCDC

The tornado first touched down along Freese Lane around a tenth of a mile south of Foristell Road approximately three and a half miles to the northwest of New Melle. The tornado travelled to the east moving into the Auburn Meadows Subdivision where it caused damage to nine homes. The most significant damage occurred when one home lost almost half its roof after the attached garage was destroyed. Damage to this home was rated EF1. The rest of the homes suffered lesser degrees of roof damage. A van was also pushed approximately 30 yards from a driveway into an open grassy area. The tornado then continued to the east along Foristell Road causing damage to trees and several homes. At the Jimmie Hite Horse Stables, several large outbuildings were also heavily damaged. To the east of the stables, a horse arena was demolished. The tornado then continued to move east where it snapped or blew down many trees either side of Highway Z. The tornado continued to the east and moved into the Avondale Hills Subdivision causing minor roof damage to a few homes before lifting and dissipating just east of State Highway DD, north of the intersection with Schwede Road. The maximum intensity was EF1 with a maximum wind speed of 110 mph. The total path length was 7.4 miles with a maximum width 250 yards.

8/31/2012

4:34 PM

EF0

0.4

120

0

0

n/a

NCDC

A tornado touched down on the south side of Fort Zumwalt North High School on the south end of the school running track. The tornado travelled to the northwest along the periphery of the school grounds, knocking down several trees. Also, some debris was blown onto the tennis courts and a truck parked nearby had one of its windows broken from flying debris. As the tornado curved back to north, it went over the football field. A separate set of standalone aluminum bleachers on the south end of the main grandstand were blown over. The tornado then blew the soccer goal posts, which had been on the ends of the football field, west towards a line of trees that separates the school property from a nearby subdivision. The tornado then crossed Tom Ginnever Avenue. It knocked down several small trees and blew unanchored playground equipment belonging to a nearby preschool to the north towards a small parking lot. Before lifting and dissipating, the tornado knocked over a small set of bleachers and a portion of a 4 foot high chain-link fence that surrounded the outfield of a baseball diamond. The tornado was on the ground for a little over four tenths of a mile and had a max path width of 120 yards. The damage was rated EF0.

*Sources G - Grazulis, T. P., 1993: Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991.  A Chronology and Analysis of Events. Environmental Films, Tornado Project, St. Johnsbury, VT.
NCDC - National Climatic Data Center U.S. Local Storms Events Data (www.ncdc.noaa.gov)


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