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Intense winds cause damage throughout area: Odessa hard hit

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A large tree fell on one house near West 42nd and Bell streets in Kansas City. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV5) A large tree fell on one house near West 42nd and Bell streets in Kansas City. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV5)
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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

A powerful squall with up to 80 mph straight-line winds caused damage Sunday afternoon, and Lafayette County saw some of the worst destruction.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area after a severe thunderstorm passed near Odessa shortly before 1 p.m. The warning expired at 1:15 p.m.

The worst of the storm hit Eighth Street in Odessa. The wind gusts were so powerful they ripped a barn off of its foundation and set it on the neighbor's fence.

Limbs were down all over town, and several trees were uprooted.

A massive pine tree fell over onto a 96-year-old woman's house. Her children moved her to a safe location.

The winds also blew down power lines and tore the roofs off of several houses. Crews are working to restore power, and hope to have that completed on Monday.

Residents say everything happened quickly. One minute it was raining, and the next moment, there were huge gusts of wind.

Memphis Rollins went to help his neighbors after the storm passed.

"Limbs started coming off trees, and they were blowing down the road. All of a sudden, I see a car shooting down the road in reverse. It jumped the limbs, and we headed in the basement. When we came up, we saw the neighbor's fence was all damaged and the shed up off the foundation. Just a wild ride up here on the hill in Odessa," Rollins said.

His neighbor, Gary Kloeppel, saw his neighbor's barn ripped from its foundation and plopped on top of his backyard fence.

"We got a little scared. I hollered at the wife and the kids to get down to the basement. When we came up, this is what we found," he said.

He and others were thankful to residents who came out to help out storm victims.

"It's what good neighbors do," Kloeppel said. "That's the way it is everywhere. That's America."

No serious injuries were reported.

Some of the worst storm damage in the Kansas City area was near the Volker neighborhood at West 42nd and Bell streets, where a tree fell into a couple of houses has been cleaned up.

Neighbors say there was a lot of lightning, thunder and rain with the storm about noon that tore down a limb, snapping the branch onto the front porch of a home and the second floor of the next-door neighbor's home.

KCTV5 viewers sent pictures into the newsroom, showing hail the size of quarters to an inch and a half in diameter. Some of the worst hail KCTV5 heard about came down in Kansas City, KS, Shawnee and parts of Overland Park.

Another area that was hit pretty hard by Sunday's storms was Plattsburg.

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