Staying Cool with no Power
The storm rolled through the St. Louis metro area on Wednesday evening with 80 mph winds.
"We were in the kitchen when the wind blew the kitchen door open. And then the wind bent the umbrella outside, it fell over and broke and so we went to the basement," said Maya Vollmer.
In a matter of minutes, one of the worst storms in St. Louis' history damaged buildings and knocked out power to half a million. But it wasn't the storm itself that was the worst part.
"If it wasn't for the heat, it would be bearable," said Rachel Vollmer.
Rachel Vollmer, her husband, and three kids have spent the last four days without power.
"Some people have power, some people don't. Our banks, we have no way to get money and with no power there's no air conditioning," she added.
Besides the oppressive heat, entertaining themselves has been the main task.
"There isn't anything to do really," said Maya.
"You realize like how special this stuff is when you lose it," said Mackenzie Slinkard.
And at night, they are camped out on the floor. The Vollmers say the best news has been the forecast. Rather than highs over 100, much cooler weather is expected.