TRENTON, Mo. (AP) — Residents in northern Missouri are cleaning up after heavy storms packing high winds and at least one tornado hit the area, damaging several homes.
No injuries were reported in the storms that hit Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service had declared tornado watches for Caldwell, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Livingston and Mercer counties.
Todd Watson, chief deputy for the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, told The St. Joseph News-Press (http://bit.ly/Zwa008) the storm destroyed two mobile homes in the county and several utility poles.
Grundy County Sheriff Rodney Herring said a county employee spotted a tornado touching down and then moving for several miles northeast toward Trenton. He said Friday that he's meeting with a team from the National Weather Service to show them the damage.
"There is a definite path of destruction," Herring said. "You've got trees turned over, barns knocked down ... homes with siding torn off. ... It's definitely apparent that we had something run through here."
Lt. Scott Meyer of the Missouri State Highway Patrol described the storm as "fairly quick-moving" and said it largely stayed in open rural areas.
"Once it moved through an area, everybody who was out there was checking on injuries and checking on the storm damage," he said.
The storm could have been considerably worse, Herring said.
"Everybody's fine, and that's the best thing about this," he said.