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Powerful storms hit central U.S., cause outages in St. Louis

(AP) – More than 10,000 Missouri residents remained without power Sunday afternoon after a strong storm swept through the area overnight and damaged a historic cathedral in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the storm generated wind gusts up to 60 mph early Sunday morning that caused the damage. Ameren said about 13,000 utility customers lacked power around 3 p.m. Sunday.

The wind blew off part of the roof of a Roman Catholic Cathedral in downtown. St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said the church will be repaired.

The church building dates back to 1831.

More about the storms through the Associated Press:

A suspected tornado hit a rural Ohio city, as the storm that pummeled the South made its way to the Northeast.

The Times Gazette reported several homes and businesses were damaged after an apparent tornado struck Shelby, Ohio, Sunday about 4 p.m.

Shelby is about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) from Cleveland.

The Richland County Emergency Management Agency reported about a half-dozen homes were damaged and at least six people were taken to a hospital to be treated for storm-related injuries.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch warnings for parts of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Sunday’s warnings come as a severe storm in the South destroyed homes, hospitalized people and caused the deaths of eight people.

Two more deaths have been blamed on the weekend storms that ravaged the South, bringing the death toll to at least eight.

One of the deaths in East Texas was that of a person initially among those injured when a tornado tore through the Caddo Mound State Historical Site during a Native American cultural festival Saturday. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis says the woman has died of her critical injuries.

The National Weather Service says a tornado rated EF-3 with winds of about 140 mph (225 kph) tore through the Caddo Mound area.

In neighboring Houston County, the sheriff’s office has confirmed one person was killed in Weches, some 6 miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Caddo Mound.

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