"Everyone was screaming to make sure we were all OK," Magana said.
Dozens of homes in the same neighborhood sustained significant damage. Roofers were going door-to-door, offering free temporary repairs. Insurance adjusters arrived in trucks to help their clients. Neighbors helped each other pull trees from roofs and pick up metal pieces, glass and splintered limbs from yards.
"It's crazy — like something you'd see in a movie," 27-year-old Tim Kreitler said as he helped a neighbor clean up.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the airport's director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, told reporters Saturday that the airport could reopen Sunday at 70 percent capacity, depending on the quickness in getting power restored and the ability of affected airlines to shuffle some of their terminal arrangements.
The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado had it the airport, ripping away a large section of the main terminal's roof.