MO tallies tornado damage

Missouri's weekend tornadoes destroyed more than 70 homes and damaged more than 400 across the southeastern part of the state.

BY HEATHER MOYER | CROSSTOWN, Mo. | September 27, 2006


Missouri's weekend tornadoes destroyed more than 70 homes and damaged more than 400 across the southeastern part of the state.

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms that 12 tornadoes touched down in Missouri over the weekend. Perry, New Madrid and Phelps counties suffered the most severe damage, with Perry County losing 53 homes to the storm according to damage estimates. The tornadoes also injured 10 people.

NWS officials added that the tornado that struck Perry County was one of the strongest ever seen in the area in September, an F4 with winds of 210 miles per hour. County emergency officials are saying housing will be an issue in the county due to the damage, with the small town of Crosstown suffering the worst damage. Many residents in the area remain without power as well.

Damage assessments are ongoing in many of the affected counties. Current estimates show destroyed homes in Iron, Madison, St. Francois and Reynolds. More than 20 businesses across the counties also suffered major damages.

The same storm system that spawned the tornadoes in the state also brought flash flooding to Butler County's Neelyville. Flooding was also reported in Dunklin County.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt toured the damaged counties Tuesday and called the scene devastating.


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