A look at derecho damage in Missouri

Severe storms moved through Missouri Thursday causing damage to crops and buildings, but also bringing much needed rains to some areas. 

This was part of the derecho that moved across the Midwest bringing 80 miles-per-hour winds, hail and tornadoes.

Michael Phillips from Clark County, in northeast Missouri, tells Brownfield there was a tornado and corn is down, but this was the first rain he’s had since March.

“If we wouldn’t have gotten this rain, we would have been in a situation where we wouldn’t have had much of a corn crop at all.”

Richard Fordyce from Harrison County, in northwest Missouri, also has some down corn and winter wheat, but says the one-inch rain is already helping some of the crops.

“I think the beans have grown three inches since the rain and if there would have been hail, it would have destroyed everything.”

A few counties west of Fordyce, Mitchell Corbin from Holt County says the corn is leaning, but nothing is flat on the ground.

“We weren’t pollinating yet, so I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Andy Hull from Nodaway County says at least 80% of his corn should recover from damage, but he says it’s a shame big winds had to accompany the rain.

“All of our prayers were answered at once and in a big way.”

The National Weather Service says there’s a chance of more rain and thunderstorms on Friday night.

Photo credit: Richard Fordyce

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