Storms raked across Dunklin and Pemiscot counties Monday night, leaving in their wake destruction and at three persons dead.
Authorities have confirmed the deaths of three persons after a tornado destroyed their homes.
Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell said a tornado struck the property of Don Tims on County Road 554 south of Cooter destroying three homes and a farm shop.
Greenwell identified the victims as Tims' father, Leroy Tims, his sister, Joyce Crossno and brother-in-law, Jaime Smith.
Tims, his wife and sister-in-law were taken to various hospitals and their condition was not available Greenwell said. Several children at the residence were treated for minor injuries.
Deputy Sheriff Ferrell Stewart earlier had said that a funnel cloud touched down and destroyed two modular homes that the victims lived in. According to Stewart the modular homes were destroyed and the victims were thrown out of their homes. Parts of the modular home were found about a mile away.
"We had a problem finding some of the victims … one was found across the roadway from the residence," said Stewart. "The other two victims were found about a hundred feet away from their residence."
"The wife of one of the victims was taken to Memphis and has a broken pelvis bone," said Stewart.
Tornado sirens were activated at about 7 p.m. last night in Cooter and a reported sighting of a tornado call came in at 7:45 p.m. Greenwell said.
He also said there were no reports of other damage except at Cottonwood Point south of Caruthersville where there were reports of downed trees and power lines.
"This is the most destruction I have seen in my 28-years in law enforcement in Pemiscot County," Greenwell said.
Earlier Monday straight line winds blew through Arbyrd, Mo., downing trees and ripping the roof from the city hall, according to Shane Stoelting Emergency Management director for Dunklin County.
There were no reports of other damage or injuries he said.
Not so fortunate was the city of Potosi, Mo.
A roof collapsed at a lumber store during severe storms Monday, but there were no reports of serious injury, Potosi police said.
Several officials and residents suspected it was the work of a tornado; however, the National Weather Service said that could not be confirmed Monday night.
Seven people were inside when the roof fell at the Potosi Lumber Co. on Highway 21 around 4 p.m. A man in the parking lot was injured when an exterior wall collapsed on him, witnesses said.
An injured employee of the lumber company was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.
The National Weather Service in St. Charles County said it could not confirm any tornadoes Monday in Missouri. The weather service planned to send teams out Tuesday to a few southeastern counties to check on damage and determine if any tornadoes had hit.
The storm then moved on to nearby Mineral Point, where it damaged dozens of houses and knocked over trees, said Lt. Shannon Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
Large hail also was reported in Bonne Terre and in Ste. Genevieve County.
There were also reports of small hail iat Arbyrd Monday night.
Officials in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties reported heavy rain and hail ranging in size from peas to tennis balls. Beginning around 6 p.m., funnel clouds were sighted in the area, but no tornadoes were reported to have touched down. David Hitt of the Cape Girardeau County Emergency Preparedness Office said a tornado was sighted in the eastern part of Bollinger County. A spokesman for the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department said some funnel clouds were spotted but that they quickly passed over. Officials mostly reported heavy rain
Some information provided by S.E. Mo. News Service and the Associated Press.