St. Louis Digging Out After Tornado Hits Airport. It's All Perfectly Fine, Nothing Unusual Here.

(You might want to turn down the sound, the music is really loud.)

They say nothing like this has ever happened before, but it looks like we're going to have to get used to these unusually strong and frequent extreme weather events. It's the new normal! Via Raw Story:

Crews worked on Saturday to get St. Louis' tornado-battered airport ready to reopen after it was hit by a roaring storm that also damaged hundreds of houses, tossed cars and knocked out power.

Several injuries were reported but no fatalities.

A preliminary count showed at least 750 homes were damaged, Governor Jay Nixon told reporters after touring the area by air. Fewer than 100 homes were completely destroyed, he said.

Near a highway overpass about 10 miles from downtown St. Louis trees had been snapped like toothpicks, metal was twisted in piles, broken glass covered the ground.

Among the wrecked building's was 58-year-old chiropractor Dennis Baker's office, which lost its roof in the storm.

"The wind had whipped around inside with such force that it just tore everything apart," Baker told Reuters, mopping his brow as he took a break from clearing debris.

"We found the roof sitting in our parking lot and we just started in trying to get the important stuff out," Baker said, saying he and his wife worked from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. using the light from a small flashlight.

[...] Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency and released state funds to help in the cleanup.

He also spoke to President Barack Obama, who pledged his full support and assistance with recovery efforts, according to a statement from the governor's office.

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