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At least 2 dead in Missouri tornadoes

(CNN) — Severe weather raked southwestern Missouri on Monday night, killing at least two people and leaving a path of destruction across two counties, authorities said.

A line of tornadoes shadowed Interstate 44, running from the southwest to the northeast. The storms killed an elderly woman in the Strafford area and a 53-year-old woman near Marshfield. Both towns are northeast of Springfield.

Greene County Public Information Officer Jenny Fillmer Edwards said the storms cut through the area around 6 p.m. At least 25 people were planning to spend the night in a Red Cross shelter in Strafford, Edwards said.

In Webster County, the heaviest damage was reported in Marshfield, just west of I-44, according to Webster County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Jodi Goodpaster.

The elderly woman died in the Ningua community about seven miles north of Marshfield. She said numerous other people were injured.

Storms hammered the Midwest after a day of record-high temperatures across much of the country, with tornadoes also reported or suspected in Arkansas and Oklahoma and along the Illinois-Wisconsin border, The Associated Press reported.

Sgt. Gil Benn of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin told WISN that six to eight homes were severely damaged in or near the town of Wheatland, and an unknown number of cars were blown off a nearby highway.

Aurora Medical Group facilities in the area treated 12 people for minor, storm-related injuries, WISN reported.
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January 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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