Storms tear through Bolivar, taking out powerlines

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BOLIVAR, Mo. — This storm caught a lot of people by surprise as the winds and rain did visible damage. Utility poles have snapped in half and crews are working to get things back together in Bolivar, but expect repairs to take a while.

Damage is mostly concentrated on the west side of Bolivar. Highways signs are down, the power was out, stoplights were dark, and some roads are blocked because of the fallen lines.

The National Weather Service still has to determine if this was indeed a tornado. Whatever it was, residents didn’t get much of a warning.

Back in the neighborhoods, there is a lot of tree damage and minor damage to the exterior of homes, some caused by trees into their roofs.

Carmen Soto, a witness to the storm, said there was no warning.

“It was terrible, we had no warning,” said Soto. “No sirens went off here in town, nothing.”

Repairs caused by the storm are expected to last until Friday, May 28. As of 7 p.m. on May 27, Southwest Electric has 300 homes and businesses in the area in the dark, Liberty Utilities has 700, totaling to approximately 1,000 customers.

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