Friday, 12 April 2013

Ameren utility repair worker in St. Louis area dies; Two tornadoes confirmed

Ameren utility repair worker in St. Louis area dies; Two tornadoes confirmed, An Ameren utility worker now identified as 50 year old Dave Burns died yesterday morning. According to a St. Ann police spokesman, the man was electrocuted about 11 a.m. while on a utility pole at San Jose Lane and the 10000 block of St. Charles Rock Road, across from the police station. Other Ameren workers attempted to rescue the stricken man, who was taken to DePaul Health Center and pronounced dead. Dave Burns was an 18 year veteran with the company.

It is with tremendous regret and deep sadness we report an Ameren Missouri co-worker sustained an electrical contact at 10:30 a.m. during storm restoration efforts. He was transported to the hospital; however, he did not survive, reads a statement released by Ameren. The Ameren family of employees offer heartfelt sympathy and support to the family and loved ones of our co-worker.

While no other fatal injuries have been reported after the storm Mayor Mathew Robinson called the worst to hit the City of Hazelwood. According to Tim Davidson, the city of Hazelwood’s communications director, the worst of the damage is contained within a five-block area.

Storm survey results from the NWS indicated that two tornadoes, a microburst, and straight-line wind damage occurred over the area Wednesday evening.

The first tornado was an EF-2 with winds 115 to 125 mph. The tornado traveled 7 miles affecting the towns of Bridgeton, Hazelwood, and Florissant. There were several minor injuries. At least 24 homes were damage and over a dozen unlivable.

The second tornado was an EF-0 with winds of 85 mph in the southern part of St. Louis city. According to survey results, the tornado was very weak and brief with snapped trees and damage to homes, cars, and garages.

Several microburst associated with a line of straight-line winds occurred in the Sullivan, MO area from Cuba to the Pacific. The damage path was 27 miles with max winds 100-110 mph. A barn was totally destroyed with damage to trees, homes, garages, and billboards.

Several microburst associated with straight-line wind damage occurred from Union to Chesterfield. The damage path was roughly 30 miles with max winds near 90 mph. There were reports of structural damage and damage to trees.

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