In spite of a tornado warning and severe storm warnings including high wind, hail and heavy rain, Moniteau County escaped the worst of the recent spate of bad weather which brought tornados and other severe weather to many areas around the state. Although the area of Sedalia along Highway 65 sustained heavy damage, the south part of Joplin was hit by a tornado which some said was the worst to hit the United States in at least 60 years.
During the noon hour on Wednesday, May 25, tornado sirens sent the students and staff at California schools, as well as many others, to seek safe shelter until the "all clear" was announced. The routine was similar in other cities and towns in the county.
For more of this story check out the June 1 issue of the California Democrat.