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Apparent Tornado In St. Louis Ruins Easter Travel For Some In NYC

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Getting home for the holiday was made tougher by an apparent tornado in St. Louis, Magee Hickey reports.

Pat Hensley spent the morning trying to re-work her travel plans so she could be home with family in St. Louis by Easter Sunday. An apparent twister that roared though Lambert Airport made any direct flights into the city impossible.

“I’m trying to get to St. Louis and no, I can’t get there,” she said.

Hensley showed Magee Hickey me her new tickets, flying her first to Chicago, then Indianapolis where she hoped to rent a car and drive three and half hours to see her mother by midnight.

“I’m safe. My family’s safe. Things happen. You just go with the flow,” she said.

The St. Louis native was so concerned about what others in her hometown had suffered through Friday night. Passengers at the airport spent hours in a downstairs bunker because the storm sent plate glass flying everywhere.

“All the windows started blowing out like one at a time and the next thing we heard were crashes and poles were falling,” one witness said.

“The sky went totally black. The wind picked up the car maybe an inch or two and blew out the windows. It happened real fast,” said another witness.

Half of the airport’s windows were blown out.

“I have many relatives in the north St. Louis area and they are alright. Happy Easter all around. Happy no one was seriously injured,” Hensley said.

While one woman’s travel plans were successfully reworked for Easter, many others will be suffering through this weekend stranded.

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