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Hundreds of homes damaged as storms, tornadoes slam Midwest

Hundreds of homes damaged as storms, tornadoes slam Midwest

Oak Grove Mayor Jeremy Martin praised the work of emergency responders and said "it's rather amazing" there were no serious injuries or deaths based on the extent of the damage in the area.

Other areas including Lathrop and Smithville also sustained significant damage to homes and other structures. Hawblitzel said there were no immediate reports of fatalities from the storms.

The destructive weather was part of a larger storm system that dropped tornadoes and hail across the Midwest on Monday night and early Tuesday.

From earlier tonight near Centropolis, KS.

In all, the region was pummeled with 29 tornadoes, according to reports. The new record tornado touched down near the cities of Zimmerman and Princeton, Minnesota. Jewell said the twister hit near Grain Valley and moved east toward Oak Grove.

The national Weather Service says tornadoes struck several areas of western Missouri... mostly in the suburbs of Kansas City. Heavy damage to several homes is reported in Oak Grove.

As of Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., less than 20,000 customers are without power.


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