- Associated Press - Sunday, April 24, 2011

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Flights are departing the St. Louis airport Sunday for the first time since a tornado struck two days ago.

Departures began Sunday morning at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, even as cleanup continued. The C concourse remains closed, but airport and city officials hope to have the airport operating at about 70 percent capacity. However, dozens of departing flights remain canceled.

Complete repairs could take two months.

The tornado that struck the airport Friday night broke panes of glass, tossed a shuttle bus onto a roof and damaged a few planes. Nine St. Louis County communities also were hit. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said 750 homes in the St. Louis area were damaged.

Five people were injured at the airport, but none seriously. There were no serious injuries or deaths from the tornado.

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