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Greene County in Recovery Mode After Tornadoes Hit


Two women are dead and at least 35 people are injured in an unusual January weather system that uprooted trees and brought down buildings Monday night. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

The National Weather Service said between 10 and 12 twisters were reported in five storm waves. State emergency officials are reporting dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged across the region.

Ryan Nichols, director of Greene County Emergency Management, says Greene county is now officially in recovery mode.

Nichols says the rainfall has caused several roadways to flood, and urges drivers to turn around if they approach a water-covered road.

Approximately 500 customers in Greene County reported power outages last night and this morning. Officials are warning residents to stay away from downed power lines and report them to the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency management. A hotline has been set up for reporting damage. That hotline number is (417) 829-6100.

Those citizens needing shelter or transportation information should call the Red Cross at (417) 832-9500.