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The National Weather Service was looking into reports Tuesday afternoon of tornadoes in southwest Missouri that left buildings damaged, including a drive-thru animal park and a grocery store.

The weather service office, based in Springfield, said in a tweet that one tornado was seen “on the ground, heading toward Northview and Marshfield” in Webster County, about five to 10 minutes after the weather service had issued a warning, it said.

According to Megan Terry, a meteorologist and service hydrologist in Springfield, the weather service received reports of an overturned semi and damage at Wild Animal Safari, located along Interstate 44 in Strafford. A survey of the damage has not yet been completed, Terry said.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Wild Animal Safari said the animals “are safe and contained.” No injuries were reported. The park said it would be closed Wednesday and possibly Thursday “due to the tornado that hit the Park.”

In Wright County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a tweet that a “suspected tornado” damaged Town and Country Supermarket in Hartville and knocked down power lines and trees.

Other parts of the state remained under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Tuesday night in central Missouri and the eastern Ozarks, including Jefferson City, Columbia, St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.

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