The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 94 MPH touched down in Wentzville on Monday night. The tornado is the third confirmed to have touched down in Missouri Monday night.
Several homes were damaged or destroyed in the Kansas City area Monday night as a line of severe storms moved across the state.
Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Ryan Jewell says the first tornado was reported around 7:20 p.m. Monday near Platte City, about 20 miles north of Kansas City.
Jewell says radar indications showed the twister continued northeast into Clinton County, toward the town of Lathrop, before it began to dissipate.
A short time later, another tornado touched down east of Kansas City in Jackson County, just south of Interstate 70. Jewell says the tornado hit near Grain Valley and moved east toward Oak Grove.
Oak Grove Emergency Management Director Mark Sherwood says a tornado damaged about 20 homes in the town and 10 to 15 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
In Smithville, north of Kansas City, Police Chief Jason Lockridge says 20 to 25 homes were damaged. Local media reports also described damage to planes and hangars at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas.
The website for the utility company Kansas City Power & Light showed about 40,000 customers without power early Tuesday. That's down from more than 100,000 late Monday night.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Earlier Monday, authorities reported a likely tornado downed trees and power lines in east-central Minnesota.
Photos: Monday night storm damage
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