Missouri to get federal help for costly May storms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – President Donald Trump has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration for severe storms in early May.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office said Friday in a news release that the declaration means federal assistance will be available to help 19 counties with the expense of responding to and recovering from the storm that churned up 70 mph winds.

One person died after strong winds knocked a tree into a home in western Missouri. The winds also tore the roof off a Mansfield school building. And there were several reports of downed trees, with thousands of people in the Kansas City metro area without power.

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