Hundreds of homes damaged as storms, tornadoes batter Midwest

Storm damage in Clark's Grove

Cramer, the meteorologist, said it's important for people to remember that from March to May is when the Show-Me typically has its most severe storms.

Two tornadoes reportedly tore through Oak Grove and Smithville, which are near Kansas City. Powerful winds extended as far south as the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, where a post office and church were damaged, and as far north as Wisconsin, where trees were downed.

Numerous homes were seriously damaged but Lockridge said Tuesday it was too early to say how many were destroyed.

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"It's all we got left, just a slab", Swartz said as he surveyed the damage to his home in the town about 25 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri.

Missouri, Illinois and Kansas were among the states hit.

Scarborough said he is aware of 12 people who were treated for injuries, three of whom were transported to the hospital. No serious injuries were reported. The National Weather Service was assessing the exact number and strength of twisters Tuesday.

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In Kansas' Johnson County, officials shut down the Johnson County Executive Airport "due to multiple hangars and planes being damaged" in the storm.

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 National Weather Service warns that "a vast area of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest are expecting high winds" on Tuesday. Hawblitzel said there were no immediate reports of fatalities from the storms.

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The storm system was weakening as it moved to the east but the Storm Prediction Center said parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see severe thunderstorms Tuesday.

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