3 dead from violent storm in southern Mo.
High winds, rain and hail that swept through southern Missouri late Monday, June 4, 2012, killed three men in Diehlstadt. A State Police Trooper said their mobile home has been "completely destroyed." / KMOV
(CBS/AP) DIEHLSTADT, Mo. - A sudden, violent storm in southeast Missouri has left a man and his two adult sons dead.
Authorities are assessing the damage after high winds, heavy rain and hail ripped through parts of Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky late Monday.
The worst-hit town is Diehlstadt, Mo., where winds blew over a mobile home, killing 70-year-old Loy Miller and his two sons, 50-year-old Jasper Miller and 48-year-old Randy Miller. Diehlstadt, a town of 163 residents in Scott County, is about 100 miles south of St. Louis.
"The mobile home was destroyed," Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper Clark Parrott said. He added that debris was spread over several acres and many power lines had been knocked down.
Several other homes and sheds were damaged in the storm that passed through sometime after 8:30 p.m. Monday, but no other deaths or injuries have been reported, according to CBS station KMOX in St. Louis.
Weather officials have not yet confirmed whether it was a tornado, according to KMOX.
The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., reported large hail, heavy rain and wind gusts of more than 50 mph in southern Illinois and Kentucky.
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