80 mph winds damage hundreds of Mo. homes, businesses

Friday, May 2nd 2008, 10:21 am
By: News 9

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Hurricane-force winds, hail and heavy rain moving through Missouri have left hundreds of Kansas City-area homes and businesses damaged, and some destroyed.

Authorities say the worst damage is in the city's northern and eastern suburbs, where power was knocked out to thousands of customers. Firefighters say one Gladstone home was blown off its foundation.

Fire officials say several people were injured.

An 18-wheeler was blown over on Interstate 29 in Riverside, near five empty train cars that were toppled. The National Weather Service says winds reached 80 miles per hour in the Kansas City area.

Tornado warnings were posted in southwest Missouri overnight. The town of Ava is reporting several buildings are damaged or destroyed, including a school. Ozark schools are closed due to a power outage.