Missouri residents pick up pieces after tornado

By: KCTV Email
By: KCTV Email

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ORRICK, MO (KCTV) -- A tornado that ripped through a small town east of Kansas City on Saturday evening, blew roofs off houses and toppled trees and power poles.

The National Weather Service office in the Kansas City area said after a damage survey on Sunday, a low-end EF2 tornado hit the Ray County town of Orrick, a town of about 900 residents.

Residents began to pick through the rubble as the sun rose Sunday morning, cleaning up and salvaging what was left of their homes.

There were no injuries from the storm but about 80 percent of the city was damaged, including 200 to 300 homes, three churches and a school.

Orrick High School is one of the first places residents can see heading into town with extensive damage.

The school district's superintendent said there is no way they can make the right repairs and clean up on time for graduation in seven days. The graduation has moved to Excelsior Springs High School. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. next Sunday.

Classes have are canceled for Monday and Tuesday.

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