Newton County, MO, Tornado Survey

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
558 PM CDT SUN MAY 11 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI HAS CONFIRMED
THE TOUCHDOWN OF A VERY STRONG TORNADO ON MAY 10 2008 IN NEWTON
COUNTY MISSOURI. AT APPROXIMATELY 559 PM A TORNADO CROSSED THE
OKLAHOMA BORDER JUST NORTH OF IRIS ROAD. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST
SOUTHEAST TO THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 43 AND IRIS ROAD WERE IT
INTENSIFIED BRIEFLY TO AN EF-4 TORNADO WITH WINDS OF APPROXIMATELY
170 MPH. DAMAGE INCLUDED THROWING AUTOMOBILES UP TO ONE HALF
MILE...COMPLETELY DESTROYING BUSINESSES AND NUMEROUS HOMES. MANY OF
THE TWELVE REPORTED DEATHS IN NEWTON COUNTY DURING THIS EVENT
OCCURRED NEAR THIS INTERSECTION.

THE TORNADO GREW TO ONE MILE IN WIDTH AS IT CROSSED JUST SOUTH OF
THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 86 AND BB. IT CONTINUED EAST
SOUTHEAST...CROSSING HIGHWAY NN BETWEEN IRIS ROAD AND JUTE ROAD
BEFORE ONCE AGAIN GROWING TO ONE MILE IN WIDTH AS IT STRUCK THE
COMMUNITY OF FREDVILLE AT HIGHWAY 175 AND JUTE ROAD.

THE TORNADO MOVED TOWARD THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 59 AND
60...DESTROYING MOBILE HOMES AND TAKING ROOFS OFF FRAME HOMES AS IT
MOVED THROUGH THE SOUTH SIDE OF GRANBY AS AN EF-1 TORNADO WITH 110
MPH WINDS. THE STORM TOOK A DIRECT PATH TO NEWTONIA. BASED UPON
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO MOST HOMES IN
NEWTONIA...THE STORM WAS RATED AN EF-1 WITH WINDS NEAR 100 MPH.

THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED INTO BARRY COUNTY ONE HALF MILE SOUTHEAST
OF THE INTERSECTION OF MULBERRY ROAD AND ZEBRA ROAD AS AN EF-1
TORNADO...DAMAGING HOMES AND TURKEY BARNS. IT PASSED THROUGH THE
NORTH SIDE OF PURDY WITH AN EF-2 RANK...SNAPPING POWER POLES AND
CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO FRAME HOMES AND DESTROYING MOBILE
HOMES. ONE FATALITY OCCURRED AT COMMERCIAL STREET AND BUSINESS 37.
THE TORNADO WEAKENED AS IT TRACKED EAST OF PURDY LIFTING
APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE SOUTHEAST OF THE COMMUNITY OF MCDOWELL.

RUNNELS/BARJENBRUCH
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