Severe spring weather for the Tri-States
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 19:02:00 GMT —
UPDATED: April 20 at 3 p.m.
A national weather service damage survey team is in Pike County, Missouri today. It's investigating a tornado that touched down in the area around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Several homes and buildings were damaged. The NWS team has found damage from a high end E-F-one tornado. That damage path was about five miles long and 100 yards wide.
UPDATED: April 20 at 8:27 a.m.
Brent Engel, with NECAC, tells KHQA Wednesday morning that damage was still being assessed Tuesday night after a fast-moving twister ripped through the south side of Clarksville, leaving behind damaged roofs, splintered trees and downed power lines but causing no reported injuries.
Parts of a huge maple tree in Rebecca Sanderson TMs yard fell onto the house, punching three dinner-plate size holes in the roof.
I TMm thankful that TMs all it is, Sanderson said, as her brother, Dennis Raney of Frankford, used a chainsaw to cut apart the fallen branches. It could be a lot worse.
Clarksville has almost 500 residents, but damage appeared to be confined to a south side subdivision bordered by Highway 79 and Route W.
Ameren Missouri crews were still restoring power at mid-evening Tuesday. The city TMs warning sirens sounded, but the storm came up too quickly for many residents.
I didn TMt have time to get to the basement, said Jackie Singer. I just watched my (outdoor) chairs and my swing set roll over.
Singer had just had a new roof put on her home, but she TMs one of the few among her neighbors who won TMt have extensive repairs.
The sounds of chain saws and offers of help could be heard as neighbors, nearby residents and strangers pitched in to clear debris. John and Marge Gray live outside of town, but came in to lend a hand.
Insurance adjustors were on the scene to survey the destruction and many people had put canvas or tarps over holes in their roofs until more adequate work could be done.
It TMs fixable, Sanderson said. That TMs the main thing.
Information courtesy of Brent Engel.
UPDATED: April 19 at 9:25 p.m.
A tornado was confirmed in Pike County around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Significant damage was reported in Bowling Green and Clarksville, Missouri.
There are no reports of injuries.
KHQA's Rajah Maples visited a damaged farm just outside of Bowling Green.
She spoke with the owner of the property, farmer Paul Scherder. He says he, his wife and two children were home at the time of the tornado. They saw the twister coming, so they immediately headed downstairs to take shelter.
Scherder is thankful no one was hurt. He lost some horses and cows to the storm. Friends, neighbors and supporters came out to help him clean up the mess.
It was the same story in Clarksville, Missouri Tuesday, where people of all walks of life came out to help each other clean up the damage.
A tree fell on top of one resident's home.
Power was being restored to Clarksville, and experts were on hand to assess the total damage.
Ameren Illinois has activated the Emergency Operations Center to direct service restoration efforts in the wake of Tuesday's late afternoon and evening storms. A total of 35,152 customers across multiple counties in Illinois are without power as of 9:00 p.m.
Due to damage caused by the severe storms, the public needs to be watchful for downed power lines. People living in areas without power should not go outdoors until daylight due to the risk of walking into a downed line. Do not go into wooded areas or areas with brush as there may be hidden power lines.
The Associated Press reports that spotters saw three tornadoes in Pike County during a 45-minute period.
UPDATED: April 19 at 6:45 p.m.
Although a tornado was only sited Friday, KHQA's Landon Mitchell has confirmed that a tornado actually touched down around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
We are also hearing about a second tornado causing additional damage in Pike County. Landon Mitchell was able to confirm a separate area of rotation but not an actual funnel cloud.
Rajah Maples tells us that there are three buildings on County Road 400 in Pike County suffering damage following the storm, we'll bring you more details shortly.
Go to our Facebook page to view the KMOV video of the tornado touching down.
We'll bring you more details as soon as they are available.
UPDATED: April 15 at 9:08 p.m.
All storm/tornado watches and warnings have expired for our area as of 9:00PM
The NWS also reported a funnel cloud near Bowling Green.
A storm-spotter relayed to local authorities that there was rotation in the clouds between Hannibal and Palmyra. We also received a phone call from one viewer who stated she saw a funnel cloud in that area.
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