Lambert Field Back In Business, Weather Permitting


St. Louis Lambert Field is expected to be in full operation Monday after a weekend of cleanup from a powerful storm that caused extensive damage and resulted in injuries to at least four people Friday. Notams continue to warn of missing signs and unserviceable equipment but it’s a far cry from the mayhem that ensued late Friday. About half the exterior glass of Concourse C was blown in and the roof is missing. Airline gates have been shifted for Monday operations. In the height of the storm, a passenger aboard an aircraft parked at the gate said it was picked up and moved about 20 feet by the winds. Damage is in the millions of dollars and initial fears were that the full schedule of flights wouldn’t be restored until mid-week. However by Saturday, Southwest Airlines was back in business and it was almost a normal Sunday, barring the boarded up windows and patio that was once Concourse C. The weather isn’t finished with Missouri, though.

Thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were in effect for much of the state late Sunday as another front moved through. Meanwhile, state residents are counting their blessings from Friday’s storm, which despite the havoc it raised, didn’t result in any deaths. At least eight flights were diverted to Kansas City Friday night and all departures were halted in the wake of the storm. About 500 people were in the airport at the time and some were treated on the scene for cuts from falling glass. Four people had to be taken to hospital.