Tornadoes Kill at Least Seven in Missouri

MARCH 13, 2006 - Posted at 8:17 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri authorities say at least seven people have died in tornadoes that have been pounding the state since Saturday.

The bodies of two people were found in the rubble of their mobile home near Renick in north-central Missouri last night.

Southwest Missouri authorities say a 63-year-old man died early today of injuries suffered when a twister hit near Marionville.  An undetermined number of injuries were also reported, including at least a half-dozen in a mobile home park near El Dorado Springs.

A Sedalia-area woman died yesterday afternoon when a twister struck her trailer home, and Henry County authorities said a man was found dead near his home that was destroyed.

Pettis County officials report six other people were injured and two were missing.

Authorities say the twister displaced 100 to 150 residents south and east of Sedalia.

Throughout Missouri, hundreds of homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed by the severe weather.

The tornado that hit Pettis County was part of the second wave of three rounds of tornado-producing super cells that started in Kansas and worked their way across Missouri.

A couple was killed late Saturday when a twister hurled their pickup beneath a propane tank as they drove along a rural stretch of U.S. 61 in Perry County, 80 miles south of St. Louis.

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