ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The National Weather Service is out surveying the damage left behind after severe storms spawned several tornadoes in Missouri and Illinois Sunday night.
Hours after the storms left the area and after daylight broke, the National Weather Service was out in the hardest hit areas surveying the storm damage. In Fredericktown, the tornado that touched down was rated as an EF-3 as of 1 p.m. Monday. At noon, the weather service determined that EF-1 damage had been found in Chester. The ratings could be updated if more significant damage is found in either area.
Sunday night, St. Francois County authorities confirmed a tornado touched down near Old Fredericktown Road and Route OO south of Farmington, Missouri. St. Francois County EMA said no one was seriously injured but buildings were damaged, including Black River Electric. Photos show the electric company's windows broken while utility trucks were smooshed together near scattered debris.
In a Facebook post, the St. Francois Sheriff's Department thanked all agencies who assisted in making sure all residents were safe. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the many citizens without power and those who lost their homes or who had their homes damaged as a result of this horrific storm," the department wrote.
Monday morning, the Fredericktown R-1 School District cancelled school following a community-wide power outage. Two buildings near Fredericktown, at 72 West Motors and RV, where workers used to repair RV's were leveled. The winds also tossed one RV into the middle of the road and threw a few others down the street.
Several storms damaged towns across the Show-Me State. Video from Purdin, Missouri displayed how a tornado ripped apart an empty mobile office building. While in Sedalia, residents were seen cleaning up several tree limbs that broke off during the storms. No injuries were reported in either town, officials said.
A survey team was also sent to St. Mary, Missouri. The St. Mary Antique Mall on 7th Street had notable damage as the roof was blown off and remains of a nearby garage door and fence sat prominently on the front lawn. News 4 reporter Damon Arnold spotted a mangled stove resting next to tree limbs and stacks of destroyed wood.
As of 1 p.m. Monday, just over 1,000 Ameren customers in the St. Louis area were without power in the St. Louis region. Ameren Illinois activated its Emergency Operations Center at 10 p.m. Sunday to mobilize crews to restore power in areas impacted by tornadoes. The number of outages was under 800 by Monday night, Ameren said.
A wave of damage was left following five reported tornados in counties north and southeast of the Kansas City metro area.
The Chester Police Department said the line of damage stretches from the intersection of Lochhead Drive and Lehman Drive all the way to Union School Road. The damage includes Three Springs Lodge, a nursing home and rehabilitation center, had some roof damage. No injuries were reported.
Danny Valleroy with the City of Chester said they were sheltering in place before heading to assess the trail of damage left behind. "Madness. Chaos. It's everywhere you got a lot of stuff down. We just got called out recently for emergency help with all the power lines down because we were hunkered down due to the storm," Valleroy said overnight.
Multiple counties in the News 4 viewing area were under tornado warnings throughout the night.