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Tuesday, June 1, 2004

SIKESTON - Severe storms Sunday night produced funnel clouds, unleashed torrential downpours and caused several power outages.

Residents of Portageville spent part of their Memorial Day holiday recovering from the storm, which blew trees into buildings and power lines.

Portageville Police Chief Ronnie Adams said the storm caused "quite a bit of damage" in the community. He reported a tree struck a garage on Huffman Street while another downed tree damaged a duplex, carport and car when it was toppled by the storm. When a tree blew down on Baker Street, it took down nearby power lines and struck a truck, the chief reported.

No one was reported injured during the storm.

Many trees were also blown down in Sikeston, blocking some roads and causing some power outages. Crews with the Board of Municipal Utilities were out Sunday and Monday cleaning up the damage.

Also trees were reported blown down throughout the county including New Madrid and Parma. For approximately eight hours the power was out at Marston.

Law enforcement officials reported trees and power lines down throughout Scott County. The power was out in Benton for several hours.

Jean Mason, Ameren UE's Southeast Missouri manager, said the storms knocked out power to 6,000 customers in Cape Girardeau and 4,000 in Scott City.

She said power was to be restored to both cities Monday evening and electric crews would be dispatched to St. Louis and Hayti, two areas hit hard by Sunday night's storms.

The National Weather Service reported funnel cloud sightings over Millersville and Neelys Landing in Cape Girardeau County.

The storms blew down several tree branches in the area. Power outages and tree damage were also reported in Jackson and Scott City.

Some information for this story was provided by the Southeast Missouri News Service.