SULLIVAN, Missouri (KMOV.com) – The clean-up was underway in Sullivan, Missouri on Thursday after a powerful storm left a path of destruction.
Several trailers in the Jurgens Trailer Cark just east of Sullivan near I-44 were damaged.
Authorities said five people taken to the hospital with mostly scrapes and bruises. They have since been released.
In town, numerous power lines were down and a large billboard near the trailer court was destroyed. There were also several trees down along Highway 185 and the transmit tower for Sullivan Fire was bent in half.
The roof of the First Baptist Church in Sullivan was ripped away during the storm. According to the pastor, Wednesday evening services were just wrapping up and choir practice was just about to start when the storm hit.
The pastor told News 4 the storm hit hard and fast, with the wind and rain so powerful that they could not see anything.
Church members took shelter in the basement as the roof was torn away. The church also suffered extensive water damage.
There were no injuries reported at the church.
In other parts of Franklin County, Villa Ridge was without power and had numerous lines down.
Several trees were reported scattered along roadways in Gray Summit an dSt. Clair.
According to officials, Franklin County Sheriff’s communications, including 911, went down for about an hour during the height of the storm. Those calls were routed to Jefferson County.