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NWS: Straight-line winds caused storm damage in Mexico; power lines down

The National Weather Service (NWS) in St. Louis says straight-line winds are to blame for the overnight storm that has knocked out power to parts of mid-Missouri’s Mexico.

Mexico Public Safety Major Brice Mesko says numerous tree limbs and utility lines fell during the storm, which began at about 3:45 am.

The traffic signals at Liberty and Agricultural and Monroe and Western are not working, and the railroad crossing arms at the Morris street crossing are down. Kansas City Southern is working to make that functional again. Mexico residents are being urged to avoid the Morris street railroad crossing.

There are also three broken utility poles on Mexico’s Calhoun street.

NWS St. Louis meteorologist Lydia Jaja tells 939 the Eagle that straight-line winds caused the damage.

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