....May 13, 2009 Tornado and Large Hail Event...

During the evening of May 13, 2009, a series of powerful supercell storms developed ahead of a cold front pushing southward out of Iowa and Nebraska.  These supercell storms produced a wide array of severe weather, with large hail up to the size of golf balls and winds up to 60 mph reported.  These storms marched across eastern Kansas and northcentral Missouri during the evening hours, with a strong supercell storm producing tornadic activity in parts of northeast Missouri.  Below you will find a summary of the tornado damage surveys which were conducted on May 14th, additional information will be added to this page as it is reported.

 

Preliminary Damage Survey:

Damage surveys conducted by National Weather Service in conjunction with emergency management have found evidence of three tornadoes from storms in Sullivan and Adair counties which struck on May 13, 2009. All tornadoes appeared to have been produced by the same supercell thunderstorm.

 

1) The first tornado to form touched down just north Milan, Missouri and proceeded east where it destroyed a mobile home killing a female occupant. The tornado continued eastward for a few more miles damaging numerous trees for before lifting. The damage produced by this tornado indicates it was of EF-1 strength.

 

 2) The second tornado to form touched down approximately 5 miles west of Novinger near Highway 149. This tornado destroyed a house and an out building west of Novinger before destroying a mobile home, and producing additional power line and minor building damage on the south side of Novinger. The tornado paralleled highway 6 east of Novinger, damaging numerous power poles for a few more miles before lifting. This tornado produced EF-1 damage along its track.

 

 3) The third tornado produced by this storm touched down about 2 miles west northwest of Kirksville and moved eastward through the northern part of the city. This tornado killed two people just northwest of Kirksville and went on to produce EF-1 damage to several structures in northern Kirksville including damage to a car dealership and several homes. Initially damage found east of Kirksville was thought to be the result of a separate tornado, however further analysis of the damage path shows that the tornado which struck northern Kirksville continued eastward into a rural area and strengthened. Several farmsteads were struck by this tornado east of Kirksville and at one point the tornado produced EF-2 damage.

 

Aerial surveys conducted by law enforcement indicated the tornado finally lifted before reaching Clay, Missouri.Additionally, there were several eye witness accounts of smaller satellite tornadoes occurring at the same time as the larger main tornadoes. Damage from these potential satellite tornadoes was not found, however the existence of these tornadoes is quite plausible.

GMT Time County Location Type Magnitude Comment
05/13/2009 21:55 Livingston 1 N Chillicothe,MO HAIL 0.75  
05/13/2009 21:55 Lyon Se Reading,KS HAIL 1.75  
05/13/2009 22:00 Sullivan 1 N Milan,MO FUNNEL CLOUD 0  
05/13/2009 22:05 Osage 4 Ene Reading,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 22:07 Osage 6 N Lebo,KS HAIL 1.25  
05/13/2009 22:10 Sullivan 1 N Milan,MO TORNADO 0 possible tornado with reports of power outages in sullivan county.
05/13/2009 22:16 Coffey Lebo,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 22:21 Coffey 4 S Olivet,KS HAIL 0.75  
05/13/2009 22:22 Osage 1 W Olivet,KS HAIL 0.75  
05/13/2009 22:23 Osage 1 W Olivet,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 22:26 Coffey 4 S Olivet,KS HAIL 1.25  
05/13/2009 22:28 Sullivan 2 Sw Green City,MO TORNADO 0 cone tornado southwest of green city
05/13/2009 22:29 Coffey 7 E Lebo,KS HAIL 1.75  
05/13/2009 22:30 Sullivan 1 S Green City,MO TORNADO 0 large tornado reported on the ground just south of green city.
05/13/2009 22:30 Linn 2 N Linneus,MO TSTM WND DMG 0 trailer destroyed. possible tornado. time and location estimated based on radar.
05/13/2009 22:32 Osage 1 S Melvern,KS HAIL 1.75  
05/13/2009 22:35 Sullivan 4 Sw Milan,MO TORNADO 0 damage to a mobile home on y hwy.
05/13/2009 22:35 Sullivan 4 Ne Milan,MO TORNADO 0 damage to a mobile home on y hwy. corrected for location.
05/13/2009 22:35 Osage 3 S Melvern,KS HAIL 2  
05/13/2009 22:40 Adair 6 Ese Green City,MO FUNNEL CLOUD 0  
05/13/2009 22:40 Coffey 5 Sw Waverly,KS HAIL 0.88  
05/13/2009 22:40 Osage 4 E Melvern,KS HAIL 1.25  
05/13/2009 22:43 Adair 5 W Novinger,MO TORNADO 0  
05/13/2009 22:44 Coffey 8 N Burlington,KS HAIL 1.5  
05/13/2009 22:46 Adair 3 W Novinger,MO TORNADO 0 damage to a house at route 6 and campbell cemetery rd. time approximated.
05/13/2009 22:48 Adair Novinger,MO TORNADO 0 tornado spotted near novinger...approximate width of 1/4 to 1/2 mile.
05/13/2009 22:50 Adair 5 S Kirksville,MO FUNNEL CLOUD 0  
05/13/2009 22:52 Coffey 9 Ne Burlington,KS TORNADO 0 kmbc helicopter and the public observed a brief tornado.
05/13/2009 23:00 Coffey 6 Sw Harris,KS TORNADO 0 took video of a brief tornado near the coffey and anderson county line. was on the ground for less than a minute.
05/13/2009 23:07 Ray 11 Nne Richmond,MO HAIL 1.5  
05/13/2009 23:10 Anderson 1 Nnw Garnett,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 23:10 Coffey 5 N Westphalia,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 23:10 Linn 10 N Bucklin,MO HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 23:11 Adair 1 N Kirksville,MO TORNADO 0 significant damage and injuries reported 1/2 mile north of kirksville.
05/13/2009 23:16 Adair 7 Ene Kirksville,MO TORNADO 0 damage reported.
05/13/2009 23:16 Coffey 3 Wnw Westphalia,KS HAIL 0.88  
05/13/2009 23:16 Coffey 3 Nw Westphalia,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 23:18 Adair 1 N Kirksville,MO TORNADO 0 major damage reported in north kirksville with homes damaged and cars flipped over.
05/13/2009 23:20 Anderson 1 W Westphalia,KS HAIL 1.75  
05/13/2009 23:26 Jackson Grain Valley,MO HAIL 0.88  
05/13/2009 23:27 Linn 2 N Bucklin,MO HAIL 0.88  
05/13/2009 23:35 Lafayette Napoleon,MO HAIL 0.88  
05/13/2009 23:45 Linn 5 Nnw Blue Mound,KS HAIL 1  
05/13/2009 23:55 Macon Atlanta,MO HAIL 0.88  
05/13/2009 23:59 Anderson 3 Sw Kincaid,KS HAIL 1.75  
05/14/2009 00:01 Anderson 2 W Kincaid,KS HAIL 1.75  
05/14/2009 00:15 Carroll Norborne,MO HAIL 1.5  
05/14/2009 00:36 Macon 2 Ne Macon,MO HAIL 0.75  
05/14/2009 00:40 Linn 6 Nnw Blue Mound,KS HEAVY RAIN 2.18 co-op observer measured 2.18 in of rain in one hour.
05/14/2009 00:45 Johnson 4 N Warrensburg,MO HAIL 0.75  
05/14/2009 00:45 Johnson 8 Nne Warrensburg,MO HAIL 0.75  
05/14/2009 00:58 Johnson Warrensburg,MO HAIL 0.75  
05/14/2009 01:00 Johnson 4 E Warrensburg,MO HAIL 1.5  
05/14/2009 01:00 Johnson 1 S Warrensburg,MO HAIL 1  
05/14/2009 01:05 Johnson 4 S Warrensburg,MO HAIL 1  
05/14/2009 01:15 Johnson 1 N Whiteman Afb,MO HAIL 0.75  
05/14/2009 01:43 Pettis 2 S Sedalia,MO TSTM WND GST 50
 
   

 


 

  Radar Images

 

Supercell thunderstorm associated with a tornado near Milan, Missouri Supercell thunderstorm associated with a tornado near Novinger, Missouri

Supercell thunderstorm associated with a tornado northeast of Burlington, KS

 



  ...Tornado Photos Courtesy of KTVO...
 
 

 

Tornado Images in Adair County near Kirksville Courtesy of KTVO

 

 

Damage photos in Adair County near Kirksville
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