NWS confirms tornado touchdown in Jefferson County


by Associated Press / KMOV


Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:21 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 4:34 PM

House Springs, Missouri

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 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The National Weather Service Tuesday confirmed a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Missouri Monday night.

The tornado, which touched down about one mile northwest of House Springs, came as more strong storms rumbled through the St. Louis area, and across the midwest.  The National Weather Service also said a tornado was confirmed in Kansas with other places seeing heavy rains, large hail and strong winds.

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The EF1 tornado left significant building damage with debris near Highway 30 and Highway W.  An EF1 tornado  has winds between 86 and 110 MPH. 

The National Weather Service said hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near the city. It said rain fell at a rate of nearly an inch per hour, raising concerns of flash flooding.  The flash flood watch for the St. Louis area was cancelled around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Ameren said about 8,500 people were without power in Missouri. As of 6:00 Tuesday morning, power was restored to half of those people.  A power outage, however, forced Valley Park Public Schools to close Tuesday.
The Detroit Free Press said two tornadoes hit earlier Monday in northern Michigan. Jim Keysor, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said they damaged property but caused no injuries. To the south, flooding closed some roadways.