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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City metro suffered extensive damage as two powerful tornadoes hit the area one after the other. The National Weather Service suggests that the tornadoes touched down in Missouri Monday evening destroying homes and cutting electricity supply in many areas of the Kansas City metro.

Latest reports suggest that the damage is particularly extensive in areas north and east of the Kansas City metro area.

The most impacted areas following the massive tornadoes were Oak Grove area east of Kansas City, in Smithville north of Kansas City and in the Kansas suburbs of Leawood and Olathe. Many homes in these locations were flattened, electricity supply cut and many people made homeless.

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Thankfully, till now there were no reports of casualties, but picture will become clear only when all the homes, damaged in the tornadoes are checked and people accounted for. Dan Hawblitzel, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, said things were looking very dangerous in the badly impacted localities of Oak Grove area east of Kansas City, in Smithville north of Kansas City and in the Kansas suburbs of Leawood and Olathe.

Hawblitzel expressed shock over the massive loss to properties in the impacted areas. “It played out as we expected – several tornadoes and a lot of wind damage…It’s certainly sad to see and hear about the homes destroyed”, Hawblitzel went on to add.

In the meantime, reports suggest that, one of the areas hardest hit was Oak Grove, Missouri where about 15 injuries were reported, though none seem to be life-threatening. Oak Grove is located about 25 miles away from Kansas City in Jackson County. It reported a population of 7,795 during the 2010 census. Sni Valley Fire Chief Carl Scarborough said the initial prognosis is that there was “significant damage” throughout a wide area in Missouri.
Meanwhile Oak Grove Emergency Management Director Mark Sherwood said as many as 20 homes there were damaged or destroyed, both in the city and in a nearby unincorporated area. Even now most of the homes in the locality are without power, and local media reported that school is cancelled for Tuesday.

Apparently the damage was not limited to the area alone. In Clinton County, emergency crews found about a line of damage from south of Plattsburg, about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City, east to the area south of Lathrop and on to Interstate 35, said Rick Bashor. Meanwhile details are emerging about the sequence of the events. Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Ryan Jewell said the first tornado was reported around 7:20 p.m. near Platte City, about 20 miles north of Kansas City. Jewell said radar indications showed the twister continued northeast into Clinton County, toward the town of Lathrop, before it began to dissipate.

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