Damage Assessments to Begin Today in Missouri

MARSHFIELD, MO - Governor Blunt says state and federal emergency management officials will start today in assessing damage from winter tornadoes that hit sections of Missouri.

At least two people were killed and about two dozen injured in a 12-hour series of storms that started Monday afternoon.

Emergency officials say dozens of homes and commercial buildings were destroyed or damaged.

Blunt visited Greene County and toured a wind-damaged elementary school in Republic.

Blunt says there are no requests from counties or cities for significant assistance from the state.  He says that's an indication that local responders have the resources they need.

Nancy Green, 53, was killed in her mobile home in Webster County and 85-year-old Rachel Lawson died when her home collapsed near Stafford in Greene County.

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