Residents in Ray County are dealing with severe damage following a major storm Saturday evening that moved through just before 6 p.m. No injuries have been reported at this time. Emergency crews from Kansas City, Richmond and Gladstone came out to assist Ray County officials.
Ray County Fire called in assistance from Wood Heights due to impassable roads, homes damaged by fallen trees and downed power lines. One deputy that was on his way to assist in the damage took shelter under an overpass due to dime-sized hail.
Several propane tanks were blown over.
A mobile home remained standing after it’s roof was blown off.
Pictures show a grain bin near the railroad tracks was destroyed and is currently in the roadway. Homes had roofs ripped off, trees have been blown into houses and many power lines are down on Fuller Rd. in Orrick. Several homes have been demolished into matchstick like pieces.
While it’s not officially been confirmed the damage was caused by a tornado, area resident and eyewitness Andy Palmer believes a majority of the damage was done in the central part of town.
After the storm several spectators got out to assess the damage which hindered traffic for emergency crews to get to damaged areas.