ST. MARY, Mo. – St. Mary, Missouri was one of the hardest-hit areas as Sunday’s night tornado left behind a path of destruction.
7th Street in St. Mary is the epicenter of the tornado damage. Debris is scattered everywhere along the street. St. Mary’s beloved antique mall suffered extensive damage as its roof was torn completely off.
The storm hit St. Mary at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday. The town is located about 80 miles south of St. Louis.
Several homes along 7th Street were severely damaged or even destroyed. Authorities said at least 25 buildings were destroyed.
“There was not a whole lot of sounds and then everything just went still. I do remember everything going still,” St. Mary resident Nick Grogg said. “I was on the phone with dad. He said something bad is about to happen. That’s when I went downstairs. I didn’t think it was going to be anything like this.”
The National Weather Service was out Monday surveying the damage as residents had to clean up what Mother Nature left behind.
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the area due to the tornado.
“We turned around and we knew it was a tornado on the ground,” said St. Mary Fire Chief Frankie Ullman. “We were trying to take cover. Thankful everyone is safe. No injuries, no fatalities; we came out good on one hand, bad on the other.”
Many residents in town said they will try and rebuild. In the meantime, authorities have asked spectators to avoid the area if possible as first responders deal with the immediate aftermath of the storm. It’s unclear when electricity will be restored in the area.