With the Midwest tornado season now in full swing, several towns have already been destroyed. Tuesday night, many residents woke up to a complete disaster area all throughout the midwest region. One of those disaster areas was the popular tourist town of Branson, Missouri, just a half-hour away from the capital of Springfield.
The Branson, Missouri tornado that touched down Tuesday night wrecked the small town’s tourist strip and then slammed into the town’s convention center. The local hospital reported to have treated 33 patients in the hours following the twister’s initial touchdown. One person was reported to have died in the neighboring town of Buffalo, Missouri.
Police reported seeing cars flipped over throughout the business district in Branson. The entire town was affected by the disaster which included the collapse of apartment buildings and an entire side wall being ripped off of a Wal-Mart store.
The State Hardest Hit by the Midwest Tornado Season So Far is Kansas
The town of Harveyville, Kansas has been hit the hardest hit so far. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared the area a State of Emergency after the storm closed highways and downed power lines. According to the director of public affairs for Kansas’ Adjutant General’s Office, Sharon Watson, “The town was taken out by about 40 percent of the buildings in the community”. An eyewitness told an ABC News reporter that “when the tornado touched down it sounded like a shotgun went off.”
The storm that generated the powerful Harveyville twister also affected other states with a total of 15 tornado sightings in Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.
Video of Damage Caused by the Midwest Tornado Season:
Midwest tornado season.