Plane blown over, power lines down, business closed after strong storms

Storms damage homes and businesses in the Heartland

(KFVS) - Strong storms caused some damage across the Heartland on June 19.

According to the Poplar Bluff municipal airport manager Gary Pride, at 6:40 p.m. a plane was lifted up by 67 mile per hour winds and blown onto the airport’s terminal, breaking it from this tie lines. A utility pole near the airport was also damaged.

(Source - Poplar Bluff Municipal airport)
(Source - Poplar Bluff Municipal airport) (Source: - Poplar Bluff Municipal airport)

Nobody was injured.

The plane, a 1964 Cessna 172, was completely damaged and the terminal’s roof was slightly damaged.

Fuel leaked from the plane according to officials. Some people in Cape Girardeau were without power after strong storms moved through the city.

Cape Fire Department said the storm downed a tree on Big Bend Road near Lexington Avenue and took some power lines with it.

As of 4:30 a.m. police dispatch said the road was open.

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Three lines were down and Ameren Missouri crews were on the scene.

According to Ameren Missouri, as of 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, 505 customers are without power in Cape Girardeau County.

A tree that fell across Normal in Cape Girardeau was removed.

At Aldi, employees say they believe the building was struck by lightning.

Just before 3 p.m., they say they heard a loud boom and the power went out. They say backup generators came on but their cash registers did not come back online.

According to Aldi store manager Tyson Rayburn, lightning took out their registers between 2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“We have fixed it temporarily and a permanent fix will be made on Friday,” Rayburn said.

Aldi employees believe lightning struck the building. (Source: KFVS)
Aldi employees believe lightning struck the building. (Source: KFVS)

They reopened around 5:30 p.m. until regular closing time. It was open again on Thursday.

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