KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Three people are dead after violent storms tore through northern Missouri last night, damaging more than 200 buildings and a car dealership.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol now says three people have died from injuries caused by tornadoes. Officials said this morning that the Kirksville-area tornado was a half mile wide and stayed on the ground for about a mile and a half.
Adair County Coroner Brian Noe did not release the names of the dead, but said the couple had just bought the home and were newly engaged. Co-workers told The Associated Press that the man was a Bank of Kirksville vice-president.
A 56-year-old Sullivan County woman died when powerful winds tossed her mobile home 40 feet. Six people were treated for storm-related, minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
In Kirksville, about 30 to 40 homes were damaged or destroyed at the north end of the city. The Rehobath Baptist Church is being used as a shelter for victims of the storms.
Jim Robertson's Auto dealership was damaged and two people were injured near the dealership when their car was blown off the road.
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