The National Weather Service office in Kansas City has completed its assessments following yesterday’s storms. It believes one supercell thunderstorm spawned three separate tornado touchdowns along about a 35-mile path from around Weatherby to east of Spickard in northwest Missouri.
The first tornado touched down at about 3:03 p.m. about 3 miles east of Weatherby. It traveled more than 9 miles in about 12 minutes and left a damage path up to 200 yards wide. It produced EF-1 damage, meaning its winds are estimated to have reached up to 110 miles per hour.
The second tornado was on the ground for less than three miles after it touched down at 3:22 p.m., north of Jameson. It caused EF-2 damage, with winds estimated at up to 130 miles per hour before lifting off the ground after 5 minutes.
The final tornado touched down in Crowder State Park northwest of Trenton at 3:55 p.m. and traveled more than 13 miles northeast to east of Spickard in 20 minutes. It left a damage path up to 500 yards wide and also produced EF-2 damage.
No injuries have been reported but homes, outbuildings and trees were damaged.
“We were really fortunate with this event,” says Warning Coordination Meteorologist Andy Bailey of the fact the storms caused no injuries despite the damage to homes and structures. “There were probably half a dozen to ten houses that were pretty heavily damaged along the path. I know of at least one mobile home that was completely destroyed.”
Bailey says it is possible other tornado touchdowns have gone unreported. Anyone who wants to report additional damage to the Weather Service for assessment can contact the local county emergency manager, or can reach the Weather Service on its Facebook page.