All Mexico residents were reported safe after a thunderstorm moved over the area 12:15 a.m. Tuesday with strong winds and several minutes of extremely heavy rain. The area agricultural community had its own sort of tragedies as many area farmers woke to wind-flattened fields as harvest season nears.
According to the National Weather Service, winds speeds reached about 50 mph early Tuesday morning near Vandalia.
The USDA Farm Service Agency and MU Extension said Tuesday morning total crop damages were still being estimated, but many farmers reported on social media that they feared entire corn fields were ruined as winds broke many stalks near the base, too low for farmers to harvest much of the fallen crop.
Multiple power outages and about 10 incidents of limbs or trees falling either reported to the Mexico Public Safety Department or witnessed by patrol officers, according to a MPSD report. The storm caused minor damage to houses and parked vehicles, blocked roadways or pulled electric lines down, which caused some power outages. Audrain County Clerk Shelley Harvey said Tuesday morning the power outages would not affect voting stations for the day’s primary election.
Lighter winds moved through the Mexico area at approximately 3:15 a.m., causing about 10 additional incidents of fallen limbs and downed power lines. The Mexico Street Department and Ameren Missouri responded throughout the night to help make situations safe and clear the roadways.
Most of the Mexico damage was in the north central and western portion of the city. All city streets are open, though some are reduced to one lane for repairs.