Strong thunderstorms rumbled through Missouri Thursday evening, weakening as they pressed into Illinois and southern Missouri. Given the tranquil weather we've enjoyed for most of this August, it had been quite some time since damaging storms impacted our area.
The trouble began a little after 7:30 PM Thursday when a funnel cloud was reported by law enforcement in Montgomery City, MO, west of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Just minutes before, about 20 people were injured in Columbia, MO, when limbs were blown off trees into cars and a large tent was toppled.
From that point on, the situation went from bad to worse to the west of St. Louis. Here's a rough timeline...
Law enforcement reports a funnel cloud (no touchdown) in Montogomery City, MO (Montgomery county).
A National Weather Service employee in Troy, MO (Lincoln county), estimates wind gusts to 50 mph.
A trained storm spotter estimates wind gusts to 55 mph in Hermann, MO (Gasconade county).
Back in Lincoln county, an amateur radio operator estimates wind gusts to 50 mph in Winfield, MO.
An amateur radio operator reports wires down in Wentzville, MO (St. Charles county).
More trouble in St. Charles county. Numerous trees are snapped and/or uprooted in St. Peters, MO by winds estimated to be near 70 mph.
A trained weather spotter estimates wind gusts from 45 to 50 mph with tree limbs down in De Soto, MO (Jefferson county). Meanwhile, large limbs were coming down near Cadet, MO (Washington county). We also had a report of aluminum being pulled off a shed near Cadet.
One-inch hail is reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cuba, MO (Crawford county).
Three-quarter inch hail is reported by a trained weather spotter near Steelville, MO (Crawford county).
For a complete list of Thursday's storm reports from around our area, click here.
You'll notice all of these reports came from the Missouri side of the News4 viewing area. The thunderstorms weakened as they pushed farther to the south and east. The storms were no longer severe as they rolled into Illinois, and likewise no severe weather was reported south of Crawford and Washington counties in Missouri.
The severe weather threat is behind us now, and all systems are go for a nice (and dry) holiday weekend. Enjoy!