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Two tornado tracks confirmed in Crawford County

by Steve Templeton

KMOV.com

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 20 at 10:19 PM

Two tornado tracks have been confirmed from Sunday morning's storms.  Both tornadoes were in southern Crawford County Missouri, near the town of Cherryville. 

The first tornado was rated an EF2 (on a scale of EF0= weakest and EF5= strongest).  This twister touched down 4.5 miles West of Cherryville, MO and lifted a couple miles Northwest of Cherryville.  maximum winds are estimated at around 125 mph based on the damage.  A house had it's roof torn off and 3 of the 4 walls were blown down.  Of the seven people in the home, three had minor injuries.

The second tornado was very brief, on the ground for .75 miles.  It tracked very near the first tornado and was rated EF0 with estimated winds around 80 mph.

It is not uncommon for squall lines to produce brief and multiple tornadoes so close to each other.  Typically tornadoes spawned on the leading edge of a squall line are brief and weaker than supercell tornadoes.  However, on New Year's Eve we had a squall line tornado that rated EF3 damage in Sunset Hills.  This goes to show you never can tell how bad a storm will be until it hits and it has passed.  Luckily we have no reports of serious injuries from these recent tornadoes in the News4 coverage area. 

 

 

 

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