Tornado Rips Through St. Louis Airport
'Grown men were crying,' say witness
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2011 5:37 AM CDT
A van hangs over the side of a parking garage at Lambert St. Louis International Airport Friday, April 22, 2011, in St. Louis. Several people were injured Friday after an apparent tornado touched down.   (Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – St. Louis' main airport was closed for business today while crews cleaned up after an apparent tornado tore through a terminal, causing several injuries and sending people scurrying for shelter as plated glass shattered around them. Last night's storm at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport ripped away a large section of the main terminal's roof, forcing the airport to close indefinitely and diverting incoming flights to other cities. "We have all hands on deck here," Mayor Francis Slay said.

Dianna Merrill was looking out a window for her plane when the window suddenly exploded. "Glass was blowing everywhere. The ceiling was falling. The glass was hitting us in the face. Hail and rain were coming in," she said. "It was like being in a horror movie. Grown men were crying. It was horrible." Elsewhere around St. Louis, residents in suburbs were waking to damaged homes, fallen trees and downed power lines—the remains of a fierce line of storms that moved through central and eastern Missouri. In downtown St. Louis, Busch Stadium officials hurriedly moved Cardinals fans to a safe area as tornado sirens blared. The game with the Cincinnati Reds was delayed for hours but later resumed. Click through the gallery for more scenes.

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Apr 23, 2011 9:20 AM CDT
It is becoming clear that "Nature" is waking up after being asleep for so long. In that time of relative rest, man has over populate the planet. Of course we nudge it awake with global warming. Reminds me of that famous quote by Isoroku Yamamoto: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."