A band of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds moved across the Missouri State Fairgrounds yesterday evening. Wind gusts up to 70 mph were reported, and according to this posting on the NWS Pleasant Hill (Kansas City) Facebook page, an orderly evacuation safely moved 4,000 people out of harm's way before the high winds hit:
"Thunderstorms with 70 mph winds struck the Missouri State Fairgrounds overnight. Advance warnings from the NWS Pleasant Hill, Mo., WFO helped the safe evacuation of about 4000 people. There was widespread damage to campers, trailers, tents, and fair booths, but no fatalities or serious injuries reported. The Fairground Safety Officer was in constant contact with the WFO..."
The fair remains closed "until further notice" due to power outages and other damage caused by the strong winds on the grounds last night.
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