The Hannibal Police Department and the Hannibal Parks Department would like to inform the community that due to the dangers of fallen debris, brought by the recent storm, Riverview Park is closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Over a hundred utility workers are busy restoring electric service around Hannibal. Lights went out shortly after 7:30 Monday evening as 80 to 100 mile per hour straight line winds roared through parts of town.
Power is still out to several homes and businesses in Hannibal following Monday night's storm. Some residents report having had difficulty in buying groceries because so many businesses are without power and closed.
The City of Hannibal will be helping residents clean up from Monday night's devastating storm by providing curb-side cleanup for tree debris, but residents are asked not block streets and sidewalks with this material.
As the City of Hannibal picks up the pieces from last night's storm, many have noticed that there was significant damage to the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange Univeristy and the surrounding neighborhoods. This afternoon, the following statement was released via the HLGU Facebook page.
Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark made comments to the media regarding last night's severe storms that caused significant damage to the City of Hannibal. Hark says that an official call on whether or not the storm was a tornado has yet to be made, though weather experts are investigating.
According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was sighted in Hannibal last night. Representatives from the NWS will be in town today to confirm whether it was straight line winds or an actual tornado (and what class)
Clean up continues in and around Hannibal following severe storms last night that resulted in significant damage. Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark estimated that "most" of the city, perhaps as much as 80%, was affected in some way by the storm. The gallery below shows damage from around America's Hometown. Bookmark this page and check back throughout the day as we will continue to update with new pictures as they become available.
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