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Wentzville tornado happened too fast for sirens

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The tornado occurred too quickly before sirens could alert the community. (Credit: KMOV) The tornado occurred too quickly before sirens could alert the community. (Credit: KMOV)
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Three people were injured when an EF1 tornado touched down in Wentzville Monday night just before midnight.

Many are grateful no one was killed, especially after sirens didn’t go off to give the community warning.

“That’s what shocked, me no sirens,” said tornado victim Jim Freant.

Freant is grateful he can still live in his home after his neighbor’s house next door flipped over in the storm while they were inside.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the three minute tornado was just too quick for it to issue a tornado warning.

In return, that meant St. Charles County didn’t have a warning to sound the sirens from.

“In these types of situations, where the storm spins up really quickly, sometimes it’s hard for us, for the radar to get a good glimpse of the tornado when it’s that quick,” said NWS Meteorologist Kevin Deitsch.

Deitsch said they will be studying this storm to learn how to better warn people about storms like it in the future.

The preliminary report from the NWS said winds peaked at 100 MPH and the tornado traveled three miles and lasted for three minutes.

 

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