Apr 24, 2011 2:21 PM by Chris Welty
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) - Many of the people gathered for Easter services in the area around St. Louis' Lambert Airport are thanking God for sparing them from what could have been a killer tornado that struck two days earlier.
Early warnings and common sense also helped account for the Eastertime miracle of a powerful tornado ripping through a densely populated suburban area without causing a single death or even a serious injury.
An estimated 750 homes were damaged. Yet the common refrain among residents is: It could have been worse.
The National Weather Service is being lauded for a warning 34 minutes before the tornado hit. Tornado sirens blared. Local TV stations turned away from network programming to focus on the
pending disaster. And countless residents waited out the storm in their basements.