It was an active weather start to the month of March across the United States in 2017. But the most prominent event was a storm that moved out of the Rockies and into the Plains on March 7th. This system developed thunderstorms from southwest Minnesota to eastern Nebraska in the midafternoon of the 7th, then the system expanded from northeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin and southward to Oklahoma by the early evening. It was during this time that the storms were very powerful producing very strong winds, large hail and even several tornadoes. One wind gust of 90 mph hit the region of Belle Plain, Iowa. A powerful tornado also ripped through Oak Grove, Kansas, an outlying suburb of Kansas City. The tornado and attending thunderstorms tore apart the region damaging or destroying nearly 500 homes and building and causing 12 injuries. Fortunately, there were no deaths.
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