Odessa riddled with damage after strong winds and storms

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ODESSA, Mo. -- Strong winds ripped through Odessa on Sunday afternoon, knocking out power and tearing down trees.

Tree removal crews worked all afternoon at an Odessa home where winds ripped a large tree out of the ground causing it to topple over into their bathroom. It was just one spot around the town affected by Sunday’s storm.

Toppled trees, pulled power lines and blown down billboards were among the damage. Even a semi-truck could not withstand the 60 mile-per-hour winds that hit Odessa on Sunday afternoon.

“And that`s scary when you have family, not knowing how they are, if they`re safe or not...so getting to talk to each and every one of them was a blessing,” said Sharen Green, whose shed was damaged by the strong winds.

Now they are counting their blessings. Something Rick Jensen is also doing after a tree fell onto his house.

“Very lucky that we weren’t home when it happened,” said Jensen.

On Sunday his bathroom was filled with tree branches, ripped insulation, and a dangling ceiling fan.

“If somebody had of been standing at the sink they`d not be with us now,” said Jensen.

“We actually covered this up in here because this came through there,” he said about the damage to his home.

It`s damage that will take time to repair, but one that serves as a reminder.

“Things can be replaced or rebuilt. Family cannot be. That`s what`s important,” said Jensen.

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