Residents in several states were coping with severe storm damage after storms rolled through the Midwest Saturday night.
In Missouri, at least three people were dead after tornadoes hit the northwest part of the state Saturday evening, according to local forecasters. The town of Santa Rosa was hard hit. Communities in De Kalb and Platte counties suffered damage, and damage and injury tolls were growing as assessments continued Sunday morning.
At least one pocket of damage was east of Weatherby, and homes in the town of New Market were damaged as well. Damaging twisters began forming in that area around 6 p.m. and continued for most of the night.
The Missouri Annual Conference United Methodist Disaster Response is checking on local pastors and assessing needs in the affected areas.
In Oklahoma, the city of Geary had declared a state of emergency. In Deer Creek, seven homes were destroyed, and seven others had major damage. Another 135 had minor damage. Six mobile homes were damaged. Two businesses were destroyed. The high school had extensive roof damage.
Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response representatives are making contact with local pastors and planning site visits for later in the week.
Power outages were reported in central Nebraska as tornado-producing storms moved across that state as well.
A line of severe storms crossed southeast South Dakota, too, spawning strong winds, heavy rain and hail. There was some flood damage near Sioux Falls as the storm dumped heavy rain.
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