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Tree limbs were snapped off by a weak tornado that touched down near Decker Road in the Gray Summit area of Franklin County.Tree limbs were snapped off by a weak tornado that touched down near Decker Road in the Gray Summit area of Franklin County.

Tree limbs were snapped off by a weak tornado that touched down near Decker Road in the Gray Summit area of Franklin County.

Did you know there was a tornado in Franklin County Monday morning?

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Path of the EF0 tornado in Franklin County (Credit: National Weather Service) Path of the EF0 tornado in Franklin County (Credit: National Weather Service)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Debris from a cornfield helped the National Weather Service determine a tornado occurred in Franklin County early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service said a weak, short-lived tornado developed west of the intersection of Decker Road and Dusty Road, located north of Gray Summit, at 1:12 a.m. It had a maximum wind speed of 75 mph.

Mike Fazio lives nearby and didn't know there had been a tornado till News 4 informed him.

"Amazing, just amazing, what a surprise," said Fazio.

The EF-0 tornado snapped several trees and crossed an open cornfield. It traveled 0.18 miles with a maximum width of 25 yards. It was on the ground for a total of one minute, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service didn't issue a tornado warning because weak tornadoes like this one are over so quickly.

"They're so quick and so weak that by the time we would have gotten a warning out it would have already been over with and the impact to life and property was very minor," said Jim Sieveking, the science and operations officer at the National Weather Office in Weldon Spring.

Debris from the harvested cornfield was lofted nearly 4,300 feet in the air and was detected by radar for 15 minutes after the tornado dissipated. Sieveking said the tornado would not have been detected if not for the debris in the cornfield that was sucked up and seen on radar.

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