High Winds Topple Barn in Belleville

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — A barn that used to stand next to Belleville West High School doesn’t anymore, unless you count the one wall with raggedy edges that’s left standing.

Early morning storms brought high winds, rain, and hail to the region Tuesday.

Scott Truett, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in St. Charles says the unusually warm January day on Monday just saturated the atmosphere and provided fuel from storms to pop up across parts of southwest and central Missouri.

As for that barn it’s “a former winery, also before that it was home to Bob Goalbya professional golfer and Masters Champion,” said Belleville Superintendent Jeff Dosier.

Dosier tells KMOX that the high school used the barn for vocational and special education. And that damage to the school property does not cancel school today (Tuesday).

The only other sign of the storm — a set of bleachers blown several feet from the tennis courts to the parking lot.


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