Strong winds strike Heartland overnight
Strong winds from Tuesday nightâ??s into Wednesday morning's storm in Kirksville left behind quite the mess.
Part of the roof of the building that houses the Paragon and U.S. Cellular sustained major damage in the storm. Sections of the roof blew across the street and onto the front yard of Faith Lutheran Church. Another section of it made it on the other side of the church on Janeway near Baltimore.
Faith Lutheran Church also sustained damage due to the storm. Part of their cross was broken off, and sections of their roof were also torn off.
Around the corner on S. Lewis Street, a tree was struck by lightening and then fell on top of the home directly behind it. The tree limbs sprawled across the roof appeared to damage the gutters on the home. The owner said the insurance company was on the way to assess the damage.
A power pole near the intersection of La Harpe and Baltimore was also damaged, knocking out power to some residents. Ameren Missouri reported up to 4,000 customers in Adair County were without power at one point.
Wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour were reported in Tuesday nightâ??s storm, and a little more than half an inch of rain was reported at the KTVO studios.
Heading south of Kirksville near La Plata, several buildings were also damaged. Trees were snapped in half, a farm shedâ??s roof was completely torn off and scattered across the field, even a portion of one personâ??s home was severely damaged. Several power lines along U.S. Highway 63 were also knocked down.
Tuesday nightâ??s storm also ripped through Global Storage Systems which is a large equipment lot near U.S. Highway 63 and Archer Lane. The winds were so strong; large metal storage containers were tossed across the lot and into a field nearby. Some ] concrete barriers around the lot were also tossed around.
A driver of a Sysco truck was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning after he lost control of his truck, causing it to flip onto its side in the median. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 63, three miles north of Atlanta. The driver, Gary Hammontree, 55, of Macon, was able to get out of the truck before emergency crews arrived. He did suffer injuries to his head, and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon. Itâ??s unclear at this time if Tuesdayâ??s morningâ??s strong winds and storms played a role in the accident.