Hannibal Storm Day 2: Cleanup continues

UPDATED: May 22 at 10:45 p.m. Power has been restored to Hannibal-LaGrange University. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Classes will resume on Thursday as well.


The National Weather Service has once again ammended its report that a tornado struck Hannibal Monday night.

After a second survey team assessed the damage, meteorologists from the St. Louis office determined that an EF-1 tornado hit southwest of Hannibal. The tornado turned into straight-line winds between 80 and 100 mph as it struck Hannibal Monday. The agency said most of the damage was caused by the straight-line winds.

The Hannibal Fire Department issued a burn ban Tuesday evening until further notice. All downed trees can be taken to South Main Street in Hannibal. Logs should be no longer than four feet.

Cleanup work continues in Hannibal today as nearly one-third of the city remains without power after severe storms rocked the area Monday night.

Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark urged residents to avoid trying to remove debris as it might contain live wires. Hark said that people should avoid doing any sort of job that a professional should perform.

No fatalities have been reported. The National Weather Service reported that a tornado touched down at 7:45 p.m. The storm cut a path of destruction the city felling trees, flooding roads and cutting power to most of the city.

The Hannibal Board of Public Works along with workers from other city departments are currently assisting in the cleanup.

The city of Hannibal will collect tree debris curbside over the next few weeks, but please put the debris on the paved street and not in the grass. Residents are also invited to bring tree debris to the southernmost area of south Main Street near the Fulton Avenue intersection.

Hark said it could take weeks before the city returns to normal.

The American Red Cross will open a temporary shelter at the Admiral Coontz Armory located at 301 Warren Barret Drive. Residents in need of temporary shelter should arrive at the armory and register, the shelter will provide overnight accomodations for those in need, Hark said in a press release.

Hundreds of meal kits and cases of bottled water are headed to Hannibal courtesy of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The supplies will be arrive at the Calvary Baptist Church around 7am on Wednesday morning. The church is serving as central storehouse for food and water during the recovery in Hannibal. 500 meal kits will be taken to the Douglas Community Services Center on Grand street. The Food Bank is also supplying pallets of Gatorade and granola bars.

Firefighters responded to a home in the 2300 block of Bird Street shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. A crew tried to restore power to a home when it filled up with smoke. No one was injured.

Hannibal Public School District, Hannibal Children's Center, Holy Family, Mississippi Valley State School and Moberly Area Community College in Hannibal canceled classes Tuesday as a result of the power outages and cleanup effort. The Hannibal High School Honor's Program scheduled for Tuesday night is canceled.

Hannibal-LaGrange University is without power, phone or Internet service.

University spokeswoman Carolyn Carpenter said that at least eight buildings sustained some sort of water or storm damaged.

We have significant tree damage, she said. Thankfully all of our students are home on summer break or gone on mission trips.

The storm ripped off a portion of the roof of the TM Matthews Science Building.

The Hannibal Park District closed Riverview Park Tuesday afternoon deeming it unsafe due to fallen trees.

The city of Hannibal will be removing all five of the floodgates on Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 7:30 a.m. according to John Hark.