Missouri hit by tornados, quarter-sized hail, strong winds Sunday

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Tornados touched down throughout northern Missouri on Sunday along with quarter-inch-sized hail and strong winds of 50-60 mph. 

Pictures posted by storm chasers showed buildings ripped apart and tractors overturned as the storms rolled through parts of the state northeast of Kansas City. 

A tornado touched down in the small town of Purdin, northeast of Kansas City, around 5 p.m. local time, ripping some buildings apart. 
(Edwin Sexton)

One image of Purdin, a small town in northern Missouri, showed a torn-down building and debris across the ground. 

“If you live northeast of Purdin, MO TAKE SHELTER NOW!” the National Weather Service’s Kansas City division tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. CT. “We are seeing a strong circulation on radar and it has been confirmed by the fire department.”

Earlier in the day, a tornado touched down east of Purdin in Caldwell County around 3:30 p.m. CT, according to the National Weather Service. 

It’s unclear if the storms have resulted in any injuries or deaths. 

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A tornado watch is in effect for much of eastern Missouri through 10 p.m. CDT as severe thunderstorms are expected to move northeast into west-central Illinois this evening. 

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