Suspected tornado damages school, fire house in Missouri

A suspected tornado destroyed an elementary school and fire station in Goodman, Mo., Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Severe weather moving through the Ozarks Tuesday evening left behind damage. Minor damage was also reported at the airport in Neosho, another southwest Missouri town. The small town is about 30 miles south of Joplin, where an EF-5 tornado killed 161 people in May 2011.

McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall said the roof of the fire station was taken off and that a wall of the school was toppled.

Forecasters say some of the largest hail hit early in the day in the east Alabama city of Oxford, where convenience store manager Don Copeland says ice was so thick on the ground it looked like it had snowed.

Jennings said at 9 p.m. the injuries he has received information on were not serious, but reports were still coming in.

Officials report there were no fatalities from either tornado. "Everything else is replaceable". Goodman is part of the Neosho School District.

Leaders from the Neosho school district met Wednesday morning to discuss what to do with students from the damaged school. "The National Weather Service will conduct a storm survey to determine whether or not a tornado caused the damage, and if so, the rating".

Sweeten also said an emergency shelter had been set up at the New-Mac Community Room in Anderson because there was residential damage.

  • Larry Hoffman