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Sept. 10, 2014MOUND CITY, Mo. |  By: AP

Violent Storms Hit Northwest Missouri

Powerful storms packing heavy rain and hail pounded northwest Missouri last night.

The National Weather Service posted several tornado warnings Tuesday evening for all or parts of Atchison, Harrison, Holt and Nodaway counties.

Law enforcement reported a tornado on the ground shortly after 7 p.m. near Maitland, a Holt County town of about 340 people. There were no reports of damage, but trees and power lines were down.

In Atchison County, the city of Tarkio lost power just before 6 p.m. as winds with sustained speeds of 70 mph blew through.

Flash flood warnings were posted into early Wednesday as more storms rolled in from Kansas.

In Mound City, a storm that dumped up to 10 inches of rain left much of northern Missouri facing low-level flooding and cleaning up mostly minor damage caused by tornadoes and high winds.

The National Weather Service says 10 inches of rain was reported in Sullivan County near Browning early Wednesday, with 9 inches in Kirksville. Rainfall reports between 5 and 8 inches were common across northern Missouri, with many streets closed by flooding. A short section of Interstate 29 near Mound City was closed early Wednesday while stranded cars were removed.

Five possible tornadoes were reported in northwest Missouri late Tuesday. Damage reports generally were roof damage and trees down.

Nodaway Holt High School in Grand was closed Wednesday after a roof of a building was damaged.