NWS: Tornado touched down near Hannibal
Tue, 21 May 2013 02:12:56 GMT —
The National Weather Service amended its report that a tornado struck Hannibal Thursday night.
Meteorologists from the St. Louis office determined that a tornado that turned into straight-line winds between 80 and 100 mph struck Hannibal Tuesday.
Cleanup work continues in Hannibal today as nearly one-third of the city remains without power after severe storms rocked the area Monday night.
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The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down near Hannibal, Mo. Monday night.
Numerous power outages are reported throughout America's Hometown.
There's currently no estimated time frame for power restoration in Hannibal.
Crews from every city department are scouring the city in search of downed power lines, James Whitley of the Hannibal Board of Public Works said.
â??We've got linemen out on every grid to see where we can go to even start,â?? he said. â??There's just a lot of damage. We've got major poles down. It's going to be awhile.â??
A roof was ripped from the science building at Hannibal-LaGrange University. There was a similar report about the Walmart Supercenter at 3650 Stardust Drive.
The Hannibal Police Department is without power. HPD requested that people stay in their homes and restrict driving. Center. Roads are nearly impassible in downtown Hannibal. Numerous traffic crashes were reported.
The storm snapped tree limbs filling roadways with debris. There are reports of numerous downed power lines and several gas leaks within the city.
Emergency officials are calling on emergency crews from neighboring counties for assistance.
NWS said the tornado was located â??near Hannibalâ?? at 7:45 p.m. and headed northeast at 45 mph. It also produced ping pong ball-sized hail.
Marsha Davidson of the 1700 block of Singleton Avenue in Hannibal said that several homes in the Oakwood subdivision, including hers, were devastated by the storm. Tree damaged and the power outage forced her to take refuge at a friend's home in Monroe City.
"A huge gust of wind came through no sooner than I heard over the weather scanner that it was a tornado," she said. "I've got a tree on top of my house and I have a neighbor's tree that took out my entire back fence."
Officials are also urging residents to stay away from any debris as many fallen trees are ensnared in active power lines. Homeowners and residents are asked to wait for the Hannibal Board of Public Works to clear the debris.
Tuesday classes are canceled at the Hannibal Public School District, Hannibal Children's Center, Holy Family and Mississippi Valley State School as a result of the widespread power outages, district business manager Dana Ruhl said.
Marion County Services also canceled the Bridges Day Program for Tuesday.
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