Straight Line Winds Cause Damage In Kennett, Missouri
(Dunklin County, MO) Some much needed rain finally hit the Mid-South, but one part of Missouri got more than it expected.
When the storm was over, people in Kennett, Missouri found overturned trucks, downed trees, and damage from straight line winds.
Roger Willett surveyed the damage Monday’s storm left behind at his Kennett Missouri car lot, “Right about there where that step is, there was an awning come out here.”
High winds lifted a travel trailer and dropped it on top of a pickup truck and a fork lift.
Willett says that was just for starters, “There was an awning there. It blew it, it blew it away. It’s on a couple of streets back.”
Willett’s awning, measuring 18 feet long and 21 feet wide, landed close to Trask Laden’s home a block away.
Laden was inside his home with his family when the storm hit Monday, “It was loud. A whole bunch of stuff crashing against the house. My wife though it was a tornado.”
Laden’s front yard was still littered with the awning’s metal support beams.
There’s no official number yet how many homes, fences and trees were damaged.
The National Weather Service says straight line winds. as high as 70-miles per hour. also knocked down a huge crop irrigation system.
The wind also sent Kristin Jackson’s trampoline flying through the air, “It went across our neighbor’s roof and ended up over at their neighbor’s front yard.”
High winds also took aim at Linda Lee’s home, “It scared me a lot. I thought lightning had hit the house. I came out to see if it was on fire, but it wasn’t.”
Her roof was damaged and the door to her storage room was smashed.
Lee’s 80-pound black lab “Patience” disappeared during the height of the storm.
She thinks the dog may have been hit by some truck “bedliners” that wound up in her yard.
She can live with the hole in her roof, but not an injury to her pet, “Thank goodness the dog’s okay. I was worried about her the most.”
Power was knocked out to businesses and homes near Highway 25 in Kennett.
Utility crews restored power to customers by Tuesday morning.