aerial tour Gov. Nixon flies over storm damage

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon prepares to take a aerial tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Missouri on January 1, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is spending New Year’s Day touring damage from a storm that killed four in Missouri and three in neighboring Arkansas.

Nixon started the tours around 11 a.m. in the St. Louis County town of Sunset Hills, where violent storms hit after noon Friday and left a trail of debris.

Mayor William Nolan has said cars and trucks were flipped, but no serious injuries have been reported.

Nixon was spending the afternoon in the Rolla area.

Not far from Rolla, 21-year-old Megan Ross and her 64-year-old grandmother Loretta Anderson died at a Lecoma farm. At a separate location north of Rolla, 69-year-old Alice Cox was killed when a tornado destroyed a home while the Belle, Mo., woman was visiting a friend. The friend died Saturday from her injuries.

(Copyright: The Associated Press)


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