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Storms rock Plains, Southeast

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The storms continued throughout the day, pelting downtown Chicago with hail during the evening rush hour and spawning tornadoes in Kentucky as they swept eastward, officials said. In rural northeastern Missouri, the state Highway Patrol said Kent Ensor and Kristy Secrease had sought refuge in Secrease’s mobile home in Monroe County as a tornado approached. Their bodies were found about 400 feet from where the home had been. The mobile home’s frame was found three-quarters of a mile away, with debris as far as 2 miles away. The National Weather Service said the storm traveled a mile and had winds as high as 135 mph. Ensor, 44, and Secrease, 25, had been dating for about a year, friends and family members said. A tornado late Thursday morning in Pensacola, Fla., damaged the city’s major shopping mall. WEATHER: Two people are thrown 400 feet from mobile home where they took shelter. By Alan Scher Zagier THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS, Mo. – Storms that raked the Plains and Southeast on Thursday tossed a mobile home in Missouri, killing both people inside, and spawned a tornado in Florida that sent mall shoppers and children at a day care center running for cover. Eddie English Jr., a department store stock manager, said he heard the wind outside the store suddenly speed up and get louder. Then mall security guards entered the store and ordered 200 to 300 employees and shoppers into the basement. Greater Little Rock Baptist Church’s roof was damaged, as was its day care center, said Escambia County sheriff’s spokesman Glenn Austin. But the children there had been moved to safety before the tornado struck, he said. “They heard the warnings, grabbed the kids and followed the drill,” he said. Jack Cullen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, confirmed that a tornado touched down shortly before noon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more