Tornadoes Hit Central, Eastern Mo.

September 25, 2006

Hundreds of people remained without homes or power in central and eastern Missouri on Saturday, one day after a storm churned up about 10 twisters and drenched some parts of the state with as much as a foot of rain.

Nearly 400 structures were damaged or destroyed in Friday’s storms and at least 10 people were injured, said Susie Stonner, a spokeswoman for the State Emergency Management Agency.

The injuries generally were described as minor, except for a man in northern Madison County was thrown into a field when a tornado hit his mobile home.

The man, whose name had not been released by Friday afternoon, was taken to St. Louis University Hospital with injuries that were described as “very serious.” His home was among 50 buildings in the county that sustained damage.

“There wasn’t anything left of it,” Bill Starkey, emergency management director for Madison County, said of the man’s home, which was near the small, unincorporated town of Mine La Motte.

Another tornado nearly leveled the small community of Crosstown in eastern Missouri’s Perry County. Parts of Indiana and Illinois also had damage in a series of storms that hit Friday evening.

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