Tornadoes, strong winds hit Missouri

Tornadoes, strong winds hit Missouri

Tornadoes, strong winds hit Missouri

A severe storm system pummeled parts of the Midwest overnight with tornadoes, huge hailstones and powerful winds, damaging almost 500 buildings and injuring a dozen people in one Missouri city.

Eric Greitens has declared a state of emergency after storms carrying tornadoes, hail and strong winds caused damage across the state.

Pittman said dozen of homes were damaged in the nearby suburb of Leawood, where trees and power lines are down. He added that "dozens and dozens" of homes have sustained moderate to severe damage in Oak Grove, with a significant number of additional sustaining light to minimal damage.

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

Chief Carl Scarborough of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District in Oak Grove, Missouri, told ABC News Monday night that between 100 and 200 people have been displaced from their homes, but that figure may increase.

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In Smithville, Missouri, between 60 and 70 homes were damaged or destroyed, Police Chief Jason Lockridge said Tuesday.

The storm system is losing steam as it moves out of the Midwest, but forecasters say parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see severe thunderstorms Tuesday. Local media reports also described damage to planes and hangars at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas. As per the utility's online outage map, more than 2,800 customers were living without power.

A meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Doug Cramer, said it's unclear yet if a tornado or tornadoes touched down in southwest Missouri.

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