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Hawk Point residents say sirens didn't go off until after tornado

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A fallen tree was part of the storm damage in Hawk Point. A fallen tree was part of the storm damage in Hawk Point.
HAWK POINT (KMOV.com) -

Many Hawk Point residents told News 4 they did not hear tornado sirens go off until after a tornado struck on Saturday night.

An EF1 tornado rolled through Hawk Point around 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Resident Tony Sinclair and his neighbors went to check the damage outside their homes after the storm had passed. 

“We were on the front porch and everything had settled down by the time they went off. I could hear them uptown,” Sinclair said.

Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service (NWS) said a tornado warning was not issued until the funnel cloud touched down. Kramper said the radar showed the approaching storm to be a generic type thunderstorm expected to bring heavy rainfall, not one that could drop a tornado.

“It did not have that appearance that you're taught to look for, it didn't fit the model,” Kramper said. “If we issued tornado warnings for all those, people would never pay attention to us because we never get tornados with them. It's a fine line you walk. When do you issue, when do not?”

The NWS estimates the tornado left a path of destruction about 50 miles wide and two miles long.

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