Possible tornado hits Mo. counties

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. -- While the eyes of the nation are watching and waiting for stories of survival out of Moore, Okla., a community just east of the metro area is cleaning up after a storm blew through Monday afternoon.

Tornado Warnings were issued for Johnson and Pettis counties around 5 p.m. Monday. When FOX 4 arrived, the damage was easy to find.

A subdivision a mile outside the Knob Noster city limits had a house with a tree on its roof. Dozens of homes suffered damage of some kind -- most had shingles torn from the roof, trees were uprooted and fences were smashed or knocked over.

Most remain without power and officials say it may not be restored for several days.

Despite a few scary minutes, spirits remained high, thanks in part to everyone pitching in to help each other.

"We have the best neighbors in Knob Noster," said Sandra Well, who was a storm victim herself. "We have the best people living here, that's our association president, he's here, friends from church and a school board member, pretty amazing."

Well and her husband anticipate being without power for at least a day. They decided to camp out until power is restored.

There were also damage reports a little further east in Pettis County. The sheriff told FOX 4 some barns and homes were damaged near Lamonte and Hughesville. No one was hurt, officials said.

An assessment team from the National Weather Service will head to the area on Tuesday to determine whether or not a tornado hit the area.

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