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The National Weather Service said the tornado was part of a super cell storm that formed over the Kansas City metropolitan area earlier Saturday and continued eastward, spawning at least one more tornado that also struck near the town of Marshall.
ORRICK, MO (KCTV/AP) -
Residents began to pick through the rubble as the sun rose Sunday morning in Orrick, cleaning up and salvaging what was left of their homes.
The low-end EF2 tornado that hit the Ray County town yanked roofs off homes and other buildings and also ripped up trees and power lines. EF2 means it had winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour.
No injuries were reported amid the widespread damage. The town of around 800 residents is about 25 miles northeast of Kansas City.
Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon in response to the severe weather that brought heavy rain, strong winds, and hail to many areas of the state and spawned two tornadoes.
The National Weather Service said the tornado that hit Orrick was part of a super cell storm that formed over the Kansas City metropolitan area earlier Saturday and continued eastward, spawning at least one more tornado that also struck near the town of Marshall.
Jenni Laflin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, said weather service survey crews were out Sunday assessing damage in Orrick, Marshall and elsewhere along the storm's path. She said the lack of injuries in the tornado in Orrick may mean people heeded warnings.
"Hopefully it's a sign that everyone was in their shelter and took precautions," Laflin said.
There were no injuries from the storm but about 80 percent of the city was damaged, including 200 to 300 homes, three churches and a school.
"It has been tough. We've all kind of been in shock when this happens. You don't expect this to happen," said Lana Ryan after a tornado leveled her hometown for the first time in almost 50 years.
According to residents, the last tornado to hit Orrick was back in 1967.
"Orrick has been blessed for many years, so I guess it was our turn," Ryan said.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to assist residents in Orrick.
The Salvation Army has volunteers in Orrick providing food and drinks to those affected by the tornado.
You can make donations by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or donating via mail. Designate your check to Orrick, Missouri Tornado care of the Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.
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