Weather Service Teams to Survey MO Tornado Damage Tuesday

Tornadoes, strong winds hit Missouri

The "Kansas City Star" reports Oak Grove School officials have canceled Tuesday classes because of power outages and damage.

"The weather can be violent in Missouri", he said.

In Iowa, where hurricane-force winds were reported, the Muscatine Fire Department said several homes and businesses were damaged Monday night as power lines were knocked down.

The National Weather Service also tweeted Monday night that there was "significant damage" from a tornado that touched down in northern Missouri's Mercer County, with damage to houses and mobile homes.

Kansas City Power & Light reported on its website early Tuesday morning that about 40,000 customers were without power.

Oak Grove Mayor Jeremy Martin praised the work of emergency crews and said it was remarkable there were no deaths.

Oak Grove was among the hardest hit areas by Monday's storms.




The storm system was weakening as it moved to the east but the Storm Prediction Center said parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see severe thunderstorms Tuesday.

The Swartz's home was one of 483 homes and 10 to 12 commercial buildings with some type of damage in Oak Grove, said Sni Valley Fire Protection District Chief Carl Scarborough.

Numerous homes were seriously damaged but Lockridge said Tuesday it was too early to say how many were destroyed. Local media reports also described damage to planes and hangars at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas.

The Weather Service tweeted Monday night that a tornado was on the ground near Oak Grove, a small town east of Kansas City that sits on I-70.

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