Tornado Damages Hundreds of Homes in Orrick, Missouri, as Severe Weather Sweeps Across Plains, South, Midwest

May 11, 2014

As parts of the Midwest endured a Mother's Day severe weather outbreak, other communities were picking up the pieces after storms produced isolated tornadoes, flash flooding and large hail earlier this weekend.

According to The Weather Channel's Dr. Greg Forbes, preliminary reports indicate 10 tornadoes formed Saturday, though an official count won't be achieved until the National Weather Service (NWS) conducts surveys at the sites. In Orrick, Missouri, a town of about 800 residents northeast of Kansas City, damage was all too real. Some 80 percent of the city was damaged by what the National Weather Service said was an EF-2 twister.

Unfortunately, the severe threat remains high Sunday, especially in parts of Iowa, where Dr. Forbes has issued a TOR:CON of 7, meaning that there is a 70 percent chance of a tornado within 50 miles.

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Below are state-by-state reports of impacts:

Indiana

Nearly 1,900 people were still without power in southwestern Indiana after straight line winds from a severe thunderstorm caused widespread damage Friday. All told, the National Weather Service estimates that the storms caused $100 million in damages.

Winds from the storms reached up to 120 mph, toppling power poles, destroying or damaging at least 100 different buildings. After the storms blew through, 50,000 homes and business were without power. And in Boonville, Indiana a state of emergency was still in effect Sunday afternoon after the storms damaged large portions of the town.

Iowa

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for southeastern and central Iowa until 7 pm local time. Multiple tornadoes are expected in the state, with Dr. Forbes issuing a TOR:CON of 7 today.

Illinois

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for northwest Illinois until 7 pm local time.

Louisiana

On Friday, street flooding in areas such as the downtown and Garden District disrupted street car and bus service, FOX8Live.com reports.

Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for the state after the storms blew through Saturday, with more bad weather in the forecast Sunday.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes hit east of Kansas City Saturday. The largest was an EF-2 in Jackson and Ray counties. Investigators say the storm was on the ground for more than 11 miles, damaging 200 to 300 homes, three churches and a school and downing power lines in Orrick.

An EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Saline County, while an EF-0 hit in Ray County.

No major injuries or deaths were reported with any of the storms.

School in Orrick was canceled Monday and Tuesday after the tornado caused extensive damage to the school. Gov. Jay Nixon said the Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisting in clean up efforts in Orrick.

Hail in Smithville, Missouri. (Photo: Facebook/Daniel Allan Scaggs)


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