150-MPH tornado damages hundreds of homes in Oak Grove, Missouri

Posted: 12:44 PM, Mar 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-07 21:40:28Z
Tornado destroys hundreds of homes in Oak Grove
Tornado destroys hundreds of homes in Oak Grove
Tornado destroys hundreds of homes in Oak Grove

Emergency officials in Oak Grove, Missouri, say nearly 500 homes and businesses sustained some damage after tornadoes and severe storms raked the area.

Sni Valley Fire Protection District Chief Carl Scarborough says 483 homes were damaged in Oak Grove during Monday night's storms that struck the Kansas City area.

The National Weather Service rated the tornado that hit Oak Grove an EF-3. 

"It played out as we expected -- several tornadoes and a lot of wind damage," said Dan Hawblitzel, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. "It's certainly sad to see and hear about the homes destroyed."

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

"It looks like the injuries are minimal so, based on some of the damage I've seen, it's rather amazing," Martin said in a Tuesday morning press conference.

KCP&L and the American Red Cross set up at the Oak Grove Civic Center to hand out dry ice for frozen food, fruit, water and energy bars.

The civic center is also serving as an overnight shelter. 

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