NWS
St. Louis, Missouri

December 27th, 2008 Severe Weather and Flooding
Tornadoes Across Eastern Missouri
and West-Central Illinois

Radar and Storm Analysis:
Coming Soon
Damage Assessment:
Six tornadoes occurred over parts of Eastern Missouri and West-Central Illinois Late Saturday morning of December 27, 2008.

In Central Missouri, the first of a series of brief tornado touchdowns occurred at 10:05 am CST in Eastern Audrain County approximately 2 miles west of Laddonia. A grain silo was damaged at this location. The tornado rapidly skipped northeast and damaged a large machine shed about 3/4 of a mile north of Laddonia. The damage track was not continuous while the total length of the damage track was 3.5 miles long. Damage intensity was EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

In Northeast Missouri (Ralls County) another tornado initially touched down at 10:00 am CST 2 miles north of the town of Center near Highway H. Two machine sheds and large tree limbs were damaged by the tornado. The tornado rapidly moved northeast and touched down a second time southeast of the intersection of Homestead and Kingsville Lane's. Three machine sheds and large tree limbs were damaged at this location. The damage was intermittent while the total length of the damage track was 4 miles.  Damage width was 30 yards wide and damage intensity was EF-0.

A second tornado touchdown occurred in Northeast Ralls County approximately 1.5 miles west-southwest of the intersection of U.S. 61 and County Road HH. Tree damage from brief touchdowns occurred along and south of County Road HH. At the intersection of U.S. 61 and County Road HH ... Damage consisted of roof and window damage to two small apartment complexes, road signs, and trees. Additional tree damage was also noted along New London Gravel Road near a historic home where Mark Twain stayed. Total length of the damage track was 1.25 miles while damage width was 30-40 yards. Damage intensity was EF-0.

In West-Central Illinois (Adams County) two tornadoes touched down north and northeast of Liberty. The first tornado occurred at 10:30 am CST 2 miles north-northwest of Liberty or 0.5 miles east of the intersection of Highway 104 and County Road 1050. A large machine shed housing bales of hay was completely destroyed with debris blown 1 mile to the north and northeast along a tree line. Some of the larger pieces of metal sheeting were embedded near the tops of the large trees. Four large power poles were snapped near the ground just north of the large machine shed. total damage path of this tornado was 1.2 miles long while the damage width was 30-40 yards wide. Damage intensity was EF-1.

A second tornado in Adams County initially touched down 2.5 miles northeast of Liberty at the intersection of County Roads E 2250th and N 1025th. Tree damage was noted at this intersection. This tornado traveled northeast and damaged a small machine shed and several large pine trees. The overall damage path was 1 mile long while the damage width was approximately 30 yards. Damage intensity was rated EF-0.

In East-Central Missouri (Lincoln County) another tornado occurred at 11:10 am CST over North-Central Lincoln County approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Davis along and south of Penrod Road. The tornado initially touched down in an open field west of a farmstead and destroyed a two story barn. Roughly 6x6 supports from a two story barn and 2x4 pieces of wood were driven into the ground northeast of the barn. A home about 60 yards to the northeast of the barn was severely damaged. Much of the roof along with the west side of the home was destroyed. The debris from the barn and home was observed 1 mile to the northeast in an open field. Two other homes in a subdivision to the east of the farmstead sustained minor roof damage. Other smaller machine sheds and large tree limbs 1 to 1.5 miles east-northeast of the farmstead sustained varying degrees of damage. The overall damage path length was 1.5 miles while damage width ranged from 30 to 40 yards. Damage intensity was rated the high end of EF-1.

In summary, 6 tornadoes occurred over parts of Missouri and West-Central Illinois on Saturday morning, December 27th, 2008. Two tornadoes caused EF-1 damage and the other four caused EF-0 damage.
Preliminary Storm Reports for December 27th - 28th:
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LOCATION (COUNTY)

EWING (LEWIS MO)


COLUMBIA (BOONE MO)

COLUMBIA (BOONE MO)

CANTON (LEWIS MO)

THOMPSON (AUDRAIN MO)


MEXICO (AUDRAIN MO)

JEFFERSON CITY (COLE MO)

JEFFERSON CITY (COLE MO)


1 N LADDONIA (AUDRAIN MO)

6 N NEW LONDON (RALLS MO)



NEW LONDON (RALLS MO)

1 N LADDONIA (AUDRAIN MO)

2 NW LIBERTY (ADAMS IL)

4 NW LIBERTY (ADAMS IL)


BOWLING GREEN (PIKE MO)

BARRY (PIKE IL)

5 N LIBERTY (ADAMS IL)


WELLSVILLE (MONTGOMERY MO)

NEW FLORENCE (MONTGOMERY MO)

3 N PERRY (PIKE IL)

JONESBURG (MONTGOMERY MO)

DAVIS (LINCOLN MO)

1 NW TROY (LINCOLN MO)

FORISTELL (ST. CHARLES MO)

4 N JERSEYVILLE (GREENE IL)

4 N JERSEYVILLE (GREENE IL)

GIRARD (MACOUPIN IL)


1 N BEAUFORT (FRANKLIN MO)

6 SW STEELVILLE (CRAWFORD MO)

1 N BEAUFORT (FRANKLIN MO)

CUBA (CRAWFORD MO)

MOSELLE (FRANKLIN MO)

COTTLEVILLE (ST. CHARLES MO)

WASHINGTON (FRANKLIN MO)


ELLISVILLE (ST. LOUIS MO)

COTTLEVILLE (ST. CHARLES MO)

NEW MELLE (ST. CHARLES MO)


WILDWOOD (ST. LOUIS MO)

JEFFERSON CITY (COLE MO)



CHESTERFIELD (ST. LOUIS MO)

HAZELWOOD (ST. LOUIS MO)

BALLWIN (ST. LOUIS MO)

WELDON SPRING (ST. CHARLES MO)

HARVESTER (ST. CHARLES MO)

FENTON (ST. LOUIS MO)


2SW WELDON SPRING (ST. CHARLES MO)


1 S MEDORA (MACOUPIN IL)

OAKVILLE (ST. LOUIS MO)

MAPLEWOOD (ST. LOUIS MO)


HILLSBORO (JEFFERSON MO)

2 N HILLSBORO (JEFFERSON MO)

3 N DE SOTO (JEFFERSON MO)

KIRKWOOD (ST. LOUIS MO)

3 SW FESTUS (JEFFERSON MO)

ST. PETERS (ST. CHARLES MO)


GODFREY (MADISON IL)

BETHALTO (MADISON IL)

WOOD RIVER (MADISON IL)

DEFIANCE (ST. CHARLES MO)


ALTON (MADISON IL)

WATERLOO (MONROE IL)

GILLESPIE (MACOUPIN IL)

ST. LOUIS (ST. LOUIS CITY MO)

SHIPMAN (MACOUPIN IL)

ST. LOUIS (ST. LOUIS CITY MO)

FARMINGTON (ST. FRANCOIS MO)

FARMINGTON (ST. FRANCOIS MO)

3 E JERSEYVILLE (JERSEY IL)

RED BUD (RANDOLPH IL)

WSW MASCOUTAH (ST. CLAIR IL)

SULLIVAN (FRANKLIN MO)

FREEBURG (ST. CLAIR IL)

BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR IL)

1 W LIVELY GROVE (WASHINGTON IL)

NASHVILLE (WASHINGTON IL)

CENTRALIA (MARION IL)

3 SW FESTUS (JEFFERSON MO)


SALEM (MARION IL)

4 NW NOKOMIS (MONTGOMERY MO)

ELLISVILLE (ST. LOUIS MO)

AVISTON (CLINTON IL)

2 S AVISTON (CLINTON IL)


3 E HIGHLAND (MADISON IL)

GIRARD (MACOUPIN IL)
EVENT

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E0.88 INCH HAIL

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REMARKS

HOUSE NEAR EWING HAD SHINGLES BLOWN OFF AND A DECK DAMAGED.

PEA SIZE HAIL ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN

ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN

TREES DOWN IN CANTON

PUBLIC REPORTED A BRIEF TORNADO IN A FIELD NEAR THOMPSON. NO DAMAGE REPORTED





WEST SIDE OF JEFFERSON CITY. PEA SIZE HAIL COVERED THE GROUND. LIGHT WIND

BARN DESTROYED

TWO HOMES DAMAGED ALONG HIGHWAY HH NEAR HIGHWAY 61. A BILLBOARD ALSO DOWN ALONG 61. SOME TREES AND POWER LINES ALSO DOWN.

HOME REPORTED DAMAGED NEAR NEW LONDON

HANGER DESTROYED. DEBRIS SCATTERED 100 FT

HOME REPORTED DAMAGED NEAR LIBERTY

ROOFS OF 3 HOMES LIFTED AND THROWN 500 YARDS TO THE NORTHEAST

ROOF DAMAGE TO LIVESTOCK BLDGS NEAR HWY 61 & 54

LARGE TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN.

MACHINE SHED DESTROYED. DEBRIS BLOWN INTO TREES. TREES UPROOTED



ROOF SHINGLES BLOWN OFF THE ROOF OF A MOTEL.

TREES BLOCKING THE INTERSECTION OF HWY 104 & 107

ROOF SHINGLES BLOWN OFF THREE BUILDINGS

ROOF DAMAGE AT A 40 YEAR OLD HOUSE

1 TO 2 MILES NW OF TROY...BARN DESTROYED

WIND GUST TO 48 MPH



35 MPH WIND GUST

6 HOMES DAMAGED BY LIMBS. ROOF BLOWN OFF MOBILE HOME. SHEETING BLOWN OFF OLD EAST SCHOOL

TREE LIMBS DOWN

HOME WEATHER STATION MEASURED 58 MPH WIND GUST

TREE LIMBS DOWN ... ESTIMATED 50 MPH GUST

MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO ONE BUILDING IN CUBA

ESTIMATED 40 MPH WIND GUST ALONG I-44

WATER OVER HIGHWAY N JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY K

STREETS FLOODED IN WASHINGTON ... 6-12 INCHES OF WATER ON SOME ROADS

E50 MPH WIND GUST. 1.02 IN OF RAIN SINCE MIDNIGHT

MOTHERHEAD RD CLOSED DUE TO A MUD SLIDE

HWY F JUST SOUTH OF NEW MELLE DOWN TO 1 LANE DUE TO FLOODING

48 MPH WIND GUST AT HIGHWAY 100 AND 109

MINOR STREET FLOODING IN THE WESTVIEW HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION IN WESTERN JEFFERSON CITY. RAINFALL TOTAL OF 1.5 INCHES IN 1.5 HOURS.

WATER OVER THE ROADS AT BAXTER AND CLARKSON

STREET FLOODING REPORTED ... 3-6 INCHES DEEP

MINOR STREET FLOODING REPORTED IN BALLWIN.

WATER REPORTED OVER HWY D AT CALLAWAT FORK RD

WATER REPORTED OVER PITTMAN HILL ROAD

TREE LIMBS DOWN. ONE LIMB FELL ON A PICK-UP TRUCK CAUSING DAMAGE

SEVERAL LOCATIONS ON HIGHWAY F WEST OF HWY 94...WATER AND DEBRIS OVER THE ROAD

1.42 INCHES OR RAIN AS OF 2 PM

SMALL TREE LIMBS DOWN. BACKYARDS FLOODED

ABOUT 1 IN OF WATER ON MANCHESTER RD IN MAPLEWOOD.

ESTIMATED 40 MPH WIND GUST

WATER OVER HWY BB...SOME DEBIS MIXED IN AS WELL

ALONG HIGHWAY JJ...40 TO 45 MPH WIND GUST

MINOR STREET FLOODING IN KIRKWOOD

PEA TO 1/2 INCH HAIL

SEVERAL REPORTS OF MINOR STREET FLOODING IN ST. PETERS...ON MEXICO RD AND JUNGERMANN RD

STREET FLOODING REPORTED IN GODFREY

STREET FLOODING REPORTED IN BETHALTO

1.60 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE 8 AM

FEMME OSAGE CREEK WAS OUT OF ITS BANKS ALONG HWY F. WATER HAS PEAKED AND IS RECEDING.

1.2 INCHES SINCE 1 PM

STREET FLOODING...4 - 5 IN OF WATER ON SEVERAL RDS.

MINOR STREET FLOODING

MINOR FLOODING ON FOREST PARK NEAR BIG BEND

HIHGWAY 16 CLOSED DUE TO 2 TO 3 FEET OF WATER

STREET FLOODING AROUND CARONDELET PARK

REPORT OF ONE POWER LINE DOWN

TREE REPORTED DOWN IN DOWNTOWN FARMINGTON

HIGHWAY 16 IMPASSABLE

PEAK WIND GUST MEASURED BY SPOTTER OF 48 MPH

2.07 INCHES OF RAIN...WITH .64 IN THE PAST 30 MIN.

MEASURED 1.40 SINCE 12 NOON

FROM 345 PM TO 415 PM...1.22 INCHES OF RAIN

SINCE 2 PM...2.75 INCHES OF RAIN

TREE LIMBS DOWN

TREE LIMBS REPORTED DOWN

52 MPH AT CENTRALIA AIRPORT

M1.50 INCHES SINCE 315 PM THIS AFTERNOON. STANDING WATER ON ROADS; SMALL CREEKS RISING JUST A BIT

AT THE SALEM AIRPORT...54 MPH

MEASURED 1.80 INCHES

MEASURED 1.46 INCHES

M1.42 INCHES ... SOME FLOODING ON BACK ROADS

WATER RESCUE ONGOING WITH TWO PEOPLE STUCK IN THEIR CAR ON THE LAKE BRANCH OF SUGAR CREEK

M2.48 TOTAL SINCE ABOUT 3 PM SATURDAY

M1.60 TOTAL SINCE 9 AM SATURDAY

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