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Two Tornadoes Struck Washington County

Posted: Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 6:29 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News


Winds ripped of part of a roof on a building on Nutmeg Avenue. Photo submitted by Michaela Scott

Two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Washington County Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, one began in Jefferson County and ended in Washington County, west of Lake Darling State Park. That twister began at 4:16 p.m., was 25-yards wide and had a path of 3.27 miles. Estimated peak wind speeds were 110 miles per hour. The second tornado happened during the second tornado warning of the day, from 6:36 to 6:42 p.m. The second tornado was near Riverside with a path nearly six miles long and 40-yards wide. Estimated peak wind speeds were 110 miles per hour. This tornado spun up and tracked rapidly northeast according to the NWS.

While KCII Severe Weather Action Team was live on the air with up to the minute coverage of the storms, Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Smith advised people to seek shelter due to the strong winds. The National Weather Service conducted surveys of damage Thursday. Strong winds were reported across Washington County during the storms, including 67 miles per hour in Washington.