JASPER/NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Overnight storms produced one confirmed tornado in Jasper county and another confirmed tornado in Newton county.
“They found that this storm was a EF-0, which of course is the smallest measurement they have for a tornado.” Jasper County Emergency Manager Keith Stammer says the National Weather Service in Springfield provided that confirmation Monday afternoon.
It was one of two tornadoes that touched down in southwest Missouri from the late night storms. The damage it left behind, was thankfully, minor, but it did destroy an outbuilding at this home on Barton County Boulevard, and also damaged irrigation systems in nearby fields, as well as trees, and power lines. “There was some land of course that had been scoured in the area, fortunately no loss of life and apparently no injuries.”
This tornado touched down just before 5:00 Monday morning around Sumac Road and roughly paralleled County Road 40 heading north before it lifted just north of Barton County Boulevard. The peak winds were estimated at 85mph, and thankfully, the storm remained in a fairly rural part of the county. “The storm certainly could have been worse and as far as tornadoes go, maybe this was one that we will find acceptable, in terms of damage, the thing to remember so many times about these particular storms is to be prepared, to know what is coming.”
This wasn’t the only tornado in southwest Missouri. About three hours earlier, from a separate group of storms, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Newton county near county Highway AA. This storm left this damage behind, along Jaguar Road as it tracked north, in between Jaguar Road and I-49 before lifting three and a half miles later near Oak Road, just southwest of Neosho. Like the Jasper county tornado, there were no fatalities or injuries reported.
While October tornadoes are rare, Stammer has an important reminder for everyone in the four-states. “Tornadoes can happen at any time, although as you get into the cooler months they tend to be not as strong, so we still have to be vigilant, still have to be aware.”
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