Hundreds of homes damaged as storms, tornadoes slam Midwest

In Oak Grove, some 25 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri, 483 homes sustained some type of damage, along with 10 to 12 commercial buildings, said Sni Valley Fire Protection District Chief Carl Scarborough.

The Midwest was slammed with 29 reported tornadoes Monday, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, leaving behind a trail of damaged homes and displaced and injured residents.

"The weather can be violent in Missouri", he said.

"It looks like the injuries are minimal so, based on some of the damage I've seen, it's rather amazing" that no one died, Oak Grove Mayor Jeremy Martin said in a Tuesday morning press conference.

Lockridge says he and other emergency responders knew Monday night that Smithville was severely damaged but that the extent wasn't clear until daylight Tuesday. The National Weather Service gave the tornado a preliminary EF-2 rating on the enhanced fujitta scale, meaning winds were between 111 to 135 miles per hour. "Damage appears to be on the south side of town", the Oak Grove Police Department said in a statement. That's down from more than 100,000 late Monday night. A suspected tornado damaged a school in the south-central Iowa community of Seymour.

In a Facebook post, the service wrote: "We will be deploying assessment teams on Tuesday to survey tornado damage in Olathe, Leawood, Grandview, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove, Odessa, Smithville, Trimble, Lathrop and Richmond, Carrollton".

- The Latest on severe storms affecting parts of the U.S. The hefty storms resulted in damaging properties including homes in the north and east of the Kansas City metro area.

Among the areas placed under a tornado warning was Columbia, Missouri, where this video was shot.

  • Leroy Wright