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Tornado Damages School and Firehouse in Missouri

5 Apr 2017, 6:33 pm

A tornado with wind speeds of up to 120 mph caused damage to a fire station, elementary school and several other buildings in southwest Missouri, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

There was one person inside the school during the storm, which was the overnight night janitor. The tornado busted windows, uprooted trees and tossed filing cabinets and musical instruments all over town. The district is still trying to make plans, but school officials said students will most likely will have to travel to neighboring Newton County to finish the school year.

One person was hospitalized with a possible broken ankle, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported in the storm that hit around 7 p.m. Tuesday in Goodman. The small town is about 30 miles south of Joplin, where an EF-5 tornado killed 161 people in May 2011.

A state lawmaker who represents southwest Missouri’s McDonald County says Arkansas-based Tyson Foods has sent a semi to serve several thousand meals in tornado-impacted Goodman.

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