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A Stormy Night!

by Steve Templeton

KMOV.com

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 3:30 PM

A slow moving cold front combined with record warmth and lots of available moisture brought an extended round of spring like severe severe storms to the News 4 viewing area last night and this morning.

Most of the storm reports in our area were from hail or high winds/wind damage. Hail of 0.75-1inch diameter was reported in Palmyra, Hannibal, Silex, Eolia, Washington, Marthasville, Cottlesville, Cuba, Sullivan and Bourbon, Missouri. In Ilinois, the same size hail was reported in Roodhouse, Modesto and Aviston. But there were a few reports of very large hail too. 1.75 inch hail was reported near Palmyra, IL and Washington, MO. That's golfball size!!!!

There were a few scattered reports of wind damage as well. In Palmyra, MO a shed was flattened and in Modesto, IL power lines went down and for a time there was no power in the city.

We did have one funnel cloud reported near Montgomery City, MO. There was a report that an officer noted debris with the funnel cloud which would suggest a tornado but I don't have confirmation of that.

In all, 38 tornadoes were reported from Arkansas to Wisconsin. Wisconsin! In January! The majority of the tornado reports came from Southwest Missouri where there were 2 fatalities reported.

For a map and list off all the storm reports from this storm, check out this link:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday.html

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