Tornadoes hit northern Missouri on Sunday with quarter-inch hail and strong winds of 50 to 60 mph.
Images posted by storm chasers showed torn buildings and overturned tractors as storms swept through parts of the state northeast of Kansas City.
An image from Purdin, a small town in northern Missouri, showed a demolished building and debris on the ground.
“If you live northeast of Purdin, MO TAKE SHELTER NOW!” the Kansas City Division of the National Weather Service tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. CT. “We are seeing heavy traffic on the radars and this has been confirmed by the fire department.”
Earlier today, a tornado hit eastern Purdin in Caldwell County around 3:30 p.m. CT, according to the National Weather Service.
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It is not known whether the storms caused injuries or deaths.
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A tornado watch is in effect for much of eastern Missouri until 10 p.m. CDT as severe thunderstorms are expected to move northeast through west-central Illinois this evening.