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Updated at 4:45 PM CST:  The storm struck early this morning and for some the damage is severe, but the cleanup has been quick as well.

Giant trees broke in half while limbs came down at Landreth Park.  Downed lines left many without power but Empire crews got on repairs early.

And roofers are hard at work on the Joplin courthouse, taking off what remains of the old roof.  About a third of the roof was ripped off, with some dangling on the corner while the rest landed in an alley behind the building.

"Empire District was there immediately, our roofer was there in 45 minutes, and our insurance adjuster was there within an hour - what more can you ask for?" says Jasper County commissioner Darieus Adams.  "So everybody stepped up, did a great job."

Roofers expect the courthouse to be watertight by tonight, leaving just the cleanup.

The courthouse is expected to reopen Friday.  All canceled court cases will be rescheduled and those involved will be notified by mail of a new court date.

The roof of Lesley Business Centers on 4th Street ended up in the parking lot, leaving a big hole over the Iron Cross Workout business and water damage.  They'll be moved until the roof is fixed.

Posted September 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM CST:  A brief but powerful thunderstorm leaves a trail of damage from Southeast Kansas into Missouri.

Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour packed a punch that took down power lines and pulled off rooftops.

The Joplin courthouse is closed for business for now after the storm took off at least a third of its roof.  County commissioners have been here meeting to assess the damage, which is extensive.

Parts of the roof are in the alley behind the courthouse.

Commissioner Darieus Honey says water got into the building, damaged the 3rd flood extensively, and damaged the second and first floors some as well.

The storm's damage path stretched between 4th and 7th streets in Joplin.

The Regal Car Lot lost the entire front of its building, which landed on top of a vehicle that was going to be shipped to Tulsa.

The Lesley Office Building lost its roof too.  Tenants are being moved to escape water damage and the obvious hole in the roof.

Empire District Electric crews are out working on downed power lines, but at least one business without power, the D.A.V. store,  is opening for customers anyway - cash only for now.

At the courthouse, officials are wrapping up meetings with roofers and judicial officials.  We hope to soon learn the plan for holding hearings.

Commissioner Adams says most business aspects of the county can operate out of the Carthage courthouse, but he says they need to hear from the judges about how court proceedings can be moved or rescheduled.

It's unclear how long the roof repairs and water cleanup will take right now.

In Southeast Kansas the storm knocked a number of trees and power lines down.

Cherokee County Emergency Management says damage is isolated to Weir.  Students at Weir Elementary were bussed to a nearby school to attend classes this morning as crews worked to restore power at the elementary.

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