Storms Damage State

1 decade 9 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 03 2007 Oct 3, 2007 Wednesday, October 03, 2007 10:49:40 PM CDT October 03, 2007 in News

Strong storms and tornados hit counties in Northeast and Central Missouri Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service said a minor tornado touched down in Montgomery County, just northwest of Montgomery City.

Monroe County had two touchdowns.

A tornado hit Shelbina, Shelby County.

The worst damage was in Marion County, with a touchdown near Hannibal and another in Palmyra.

That's where at least one family's life was turned upside down. The storm damages were limited to only one home, but they were extensive.

Chris White and his parents were not in the house when the tornado struck Tuesday afternoon. About one-third of the home's roof is gone, and the yard is littered with debris.

Half of the inside is in good condition, but the rest has sustained a large amount of water damage.

Shaken family members said they are grateful for the neighbors they have.

"People, lined down our driveway, here helping us," Kory White said. "Putting the tarp on our house to keep from the rain getting in, and just people there for support, and if we needed absolutely anything they were there to help us."

The family has now moved in with relatives in Shelbina.

Wednesday they cleared things out of the house, and Thursday they will begin to sort through belongings and throw away what they cannot salvage.

Tuesday night just before 7 p.m., another small tornado damaged a farm right outside Montgomery City.

The storm destroyed part of a hog confinement building. Luckily, none of the livestock were hurt.

The tornado carried a large piece of sheet metal from the barn smashing it into a car a half mile away. The tornado also ripped through area corn fields.

Officials are calling it a setback for area farmers.

"Approximately 15 to 20 acres of corn has been destroyed or damaged severely, and they will not be able to harvest that corn," County Emergency Director Bob Bishop said. "So being in pretty much of a drought in this area, it is not helpful to lose that much corn."

The tornado was between 20 and 40 yards wide, with winds up to 80 miles per hour.

 

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