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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Residents begin clean-up process following storm

  • Was it a tornado or just powerful straight-line winds which raked Hannibal early Monday evening? To those tending to damage, it didn't really matter in the aftermath of the powerful storm.
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  • Was it a tornado or just powerful straight-line winds which raked Hannibal early Monday evening? To those tending to damage, it didn't really matter in the aftermath of the powerful storm.
    According to preliminary reports, no injuries resulted from the storm which struck in full fury around 7:20 p.m., roughly five minutes after tornado sirens sounded throughout the community.
    "I never did go to the basement," Brian Blackstun, who lives at Broadway and South Levering Avenue. "I came outside, but it was raining so hard you couldn't see anything. I have a big barbecue grill, and the wind blew it over like it was nothing."
    In the aftermath of the storm, much of the community was without power. As of Tuesday morning, approximately half of the city's electrical service had been restored, according to Cindy Livesay of the Board of Public Works.
    The wail of sirens could be heard as emergency crews went racing throughout the community immediately after the storm. Fire Department crews responded to Hope Street where a falling branch struck a residence's natural gas service line. The hiss of the escaping gas could be heard a half block away. Firefighters kept onlookers back until gas company personnel could arrive.
    The sound of sirens was replaced Tuesday by the whine of chain saws throughout town.
    Damage was widespread. In many neighborhoods large branches, and in some cases entire trees, could be found down on vehicles and homes. In the downtown area, some windows of the old federal building on Broadway were blown out. Part of the new facing on city hall lay crumpled on the sidewalk.
    Damage reportedly occurred on the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus, where the roof of the science building was damaged. Only minor damage was noted at Hannibal public school district buildings. The district dismissed classes on Tuesday, according to Business Manager Dana Ruhl, out of concern over whether there would be electrical service to all the buildings.
    Despite being without electricity, no storm damage was reported at Hannibal Regional Airport.
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