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Tornado Report

by Steve Templeton

KMOV.com

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 3:29 PM


It appears a brief tornado touched down in the town of Bismarck in St. Francois County Missouri. I mentioned this breifly on the 6pm news and wanted to provide more details, so below is the report taken directly from the National Weather Service web site.


Steve Templeton

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NOUS43 KLSX 142206
PNSLSX
ILZ058>060-064-065-069-070-074-079-095>102-MOZ018-019-026-027-
034>036-041-042-047>052-059>065-072>075-084-085-099-160000-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
510 PM CDT THU MAY 14 2009

...PRELIMINARY REPORT ON STORM DAMAGE IN SAINT FRANCOIS COUNTY...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL CONDUCTED AN ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE
IN SAINT FRANCOIS COUNTY FROM THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE
EARLY MORNING HOURS OF THURSDAY MAY 14TH. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED
MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY ONE SMALL TORNADO IN THE TOWN
OF BISMARCK.

THE SURVEY OF DAMAGE INDICATED A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR
HIGHWAY BB AND CHERRY STREET...THEN MOVED EASTWARD TO THE NORTHEAST
EDGE OF TOWN ALONG SCHOOL DRIVE. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS TO
TREES...WITH MINOR ROOF DAMAGE ALSO COMMON. MORE SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE
WAS DONE TO A PRESCHOOL BUILDING ALONG CAMPUS DRIVE...WITH THE
GABLED ROOF TORN COMPLETELY FROM THE WELL CONSTRUCTED MASONRY
BUILDING AND THROWN INTO THE ADJACENT PARKING LOT. DAMAGE PATTERNS
SHOWED RELIABLE INDICATIONS OF ROTATION.

THE PATH LENGTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE LONG AND 200 YARDS WIDE.
THE SEVERITY OF ROOF DAMAGE TO THE PRESCHOOL WARRANTS AN INTENSITY
RANKING OF EF1.

FOR MORE INFORMATION...GO TO THE ST. LOUIS NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE HOMEPAGE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SAINTLOUIS.

$$

BROWNING

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