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Downburst Damages Jasper County Courts Building

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The Jasper County Courts Building on Wednesday morning.  (Photo courtesy of the Joplin Globe/Roger Nomer.)

The Jasper County Courts Building on Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of the Joplin Globe/Roger Nomer.)

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – The Jasper County Courthouse remains closed after a thunderstorm blew off part of the roof.

The downburst early Wednesday also caused minor damage to businesses, trees and power lines in Joplin.

Jasper County commissioner Darieus Adams says about a third of the roof of the courts building is gone. Rain also damaged one side of the building from the third floor to the bottom floor.

The Joplin Globe reports the courts building will be closed at least through Thursday. The county collector’s office will be closed for the rest of the week.

The Jasper County Courthouse in Carthage remains open. Some offices are bringing in extra staff to serve customers from the courts building in Joplin.

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