Gotta Watch: Tornado rips through St. Louis
A tornado turns an SUV upside down in a St. Louis suburb.
April 25th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Tornado rips through St. Louis

Many residents of St. Louis are glad to be safe after a category EF4 tornado ripped through the area over the weekend. These are just a few videos of the destruction.

Tornado slams airport – Upon first glance, this silent surveillance video of Lambert Airport in St. Louis looks as if there's an invisible vacuum inhaling debris.

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Safety underground – When weather forecasters say to head to the basement of your house during a storm, this is why. Here, our Dan Simon walks into what appears to be a hole in the ground that turns out to be the nearly untouched basement of a home that's been flattened by the storm.

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Nothing left – Here, we meet the people affected by the storm and what used to be their homes. Dan Simon finds an SUV that's been impaled by a wooden board.

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  1. Mad Hatter

    Are we are is dust in the wind.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    this is the result of the ever increase in sin that is abounding in the USA as well as Europe and Asia.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      I find it hard to believe the increasing sin in Europe and Asia is the cause of the St. Louis tornado

      April 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pipy

      Actually, this is result of the same weather pattern that happens every year in the spring...

      April 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • EMERSE

      Im sure it is.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pipy

      @Ryan, I think Tom's "this" refers to all the crazy stuff going on in the world right now, all which can be explained by science or human nature, but sin? I dunno, if we all stopped sinning I have a funny feeling earthquakes and tornadoes and civil unrest might keep happening, just a hunch.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom S

      Yeah because we are much more sinners now that 200 years ago. Whatever.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy

      Or is it just a case of Bad Karma coming home to roost? On the other hand, the earth IS tilted. Bet that's got a lot to do with this crazy weather.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yeah sure Tommy... since that is what you learned in Sunday school. Get a brain!

      April 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. A. Roberts

      So is sin stagnent in Africa, Latin America and Australia? I mean if so that's some good news!

      April 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyb52

      God's ways are not in anyway our ways. Either way you look at it we will have it wrong. If judgment falls on America does anyone think that this is all God will dish out? There is the law of sowing and reaping, this would be closer to the truth. When judgment falls who will be able to get online and make stupid remarks about it?

      April 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • troy

      tom; you're a morron

      April 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pueblo

      It's worth it...

      April 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanessa

      though many people dont, I agree with you tom.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mad Hatter

    Mother nature really mad and coming with a vengeance. The horsemen ride my friend.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    I'll watch the video later, gotta sudden urge to head to Red Lobster first!!! (Licking lips!)

    April 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • martybu141

      I would opt for a chicken parm.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Dude

    I think the greatest part of all is No one was killed nor seriously injured in this storm. A Miracle I say.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      No Miracle, just human initiative to heed and take shelter. I guess you could say "luck" but that seems pretty silly as well.

      April 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I agree it very well is a miracle. While news reports credit the early warning system for saving lives, at the airport it was a different story. There was not a warning 30 minutes ahead of time. In fact right up to the time the tornado hit, there are passengers standing right up to the glass windows largely unaware of the impending danger. Bottom line is the warning was not passed along at the airport so that people could make their own decision to get to safety. The STL airport failed at providing that warning to passengers and employees and should be ashamed.

      April 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Liz

    It's in poor taste to introduce such tragedy with "Gotta Watch." This is not a sideshow; it is people's whole worlds being destroyed. Shame on you, CNN.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Lighten up, Liz. Neither cnn nor the rest of us are missing the fact that tornadoes can rip the heart right out of a neighborhood, but even those affected have a sense of humor. Note the "For Sale" sign on the overturned SUV. Quit preaching.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      SHAME ON YOU CNN! The last thing anyone needs is news being reported, especially BAD NEWS! Its also a really silly thing to have people watch others survive such a force of nature. I really would hate my kids to actually see these videos and learn severe weather can be dangerous! Cover your ears children! Daddy loves you, nothing but bunnies and butterflies!

      April 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Wanna know the true count of ignorant idiots living in the world? Start by counting the posts on

    April 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy

      You're posting, aren't you?

      April 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Happy

    Due to so many earthquakes, the earth tilts a little off it's axis every time we get a big shake. If you watch the weather channel, you will see that the jet stream dips further to the south. Mix that with the warm gulf air and ......poof! You have enormous weather changes. I'm not sure when I turned in to a Weather Person, but that makes sense to me. Anyone ....anyone???? Now, what's up with 2012?? Will the weather flip entirely? Hmmmmm.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Throb

      I have to agree with you happy... The weather has been increasingly getting worse, however, it is natural reasons.. Not the supernatural as some on here believe or try to make others believe.. Shhhesshhh

      April 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      @Happy, earthquakes do not cause the planet to tilt on its axis. Severe weather patterns are cyclical throughout history, we just never had the technology to record these patterns before. That doesn't mean that humans and our polluting ways aren't having a negative effect on those natural weather patterns, though.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Williams

      NO KIDDING? Don't tell the people of the midwest super tornado outbreak of april 3rd, 1974! I wouldn't want to tell them they made all the death and destruction up because the earth hadn't tilted enough yet to form severe weather in the Midwest. It all must of happened in Canada, and the news got it all wrong!

      April 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. josh

    This up coming weekends project is building our tornado shelter under our staircase 🙂 no joke

    April 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      That's an excellent plan, Josh. I have relatives who survived a huge tornado in Texas by doing the same. They lived in a townhouse with no basement.

      April 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. will III

    I don't believe earthguakes knock the world off its axis. I believe you may have heard wrong. These things have been happening for millions of years (tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes) so whether they become catastrophic in 2012 is anyones say. Just live right and wait. No man will know the hour anyway....that's what I remember.

    April 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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  12. johnnyb52

    God's ways are not in anyway our ways. Either way you look at it we will have it wrong. If judgment falls on America does anyone think that this is all God will dish out? There is the law of sowing and reaping, this would be closer to the truth. When judgment falls who will be able to get online and make stupid remarks about it? This was repeated in another post of mine.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. palintwit

    Sarah Palin is on her way to St. Lousi right now. She's bringing mooseburgers and s'mores for everyone !

    April 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TALKing point

    sooner or later we are all die and become dust and ashes.The main thing is how we live our live

    April 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hamad

    the best thing that no one killed or injured, thanks god

    April 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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