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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
356 PM CST THU MAR 16 2006

...DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FOR THE EVENING OF MARCH 11 2006
TORNADOES IN SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY MISSOURI AND MONROE
COUNTY ILLINOIS...

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED THREE TORNADOES THAT TRACKED
FROM SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY MISSOURI...ACROSS THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER INTO MONROE COUNTY ILLINOIS DURING THE EVENING
HOURS OF SATURDAY MARCH 11TH.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL PERFORMED A DAMAGE SURVEY ON
MONDAY MARCH 13TH FOR THIS EVENT.

THE FIRST TORNADO WAS A BRIEF TOUCH DOWN IN A FIELD...8.8 MILES
SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF FESTUS...ON THE NORTH SIDE OF ROUTE TT. TWO
TREES WERE BLOWN OVER AROUND 940 PM. IT WAS ONLY ON THE GROUND FOR
ABOUT A TENTH OF A MILE AND ITS MAX WIDTH WAS 10 YARDS.

THE SECOND TORNADO WAS SEVERAL MILES TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE FIRST
ONE. IT TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 942 PM...8.8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
FESTUS...ON INTERSTATE 55 BREAKING OFF SEVERAL TREE TOPS...THEN HIT A
SMALL NEW SUBDIVISION ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY...DESTROYING
THREE HOMES...BEFORE CROSSING U.S. 61. FROM THERE IT TRAVELED TO THE
NORTHEAST DESTROYING ANOTHER HOME. ONE OCCUPANT IN THIS HOME
SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. BEYOND THAT...SEVERAL HOMES AND
OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED MINOR TO MODERATE DAMAGE. AS IT APPROACHED THE
RIVER...THE TORNADO BLEW DOWN TWO HIGH TENSION TOWERS AS IT WENT OVER
THE BLUFFS ON THE MISSOURI SIDE...BRIEFLY LIFTING...THEN CAME BACK
DOWN ON THE ILLINOIS SIDE OF THE RIVER...3.2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
FULTS.  IT DESTROYED TWO OUTBUILDINGS AS WELL AS NUMEROUS TREES. THE
TORNADO LIFTED AND DISSIPATED 1.6 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF FULTS
AROUND 950 PM. THE KNOWN DAMAGE TRACK WAS 4.8 MILES LONG WITH THE
TORNADO REACHING A MAXIMUM DAMAGE WIDTH OF 200 YARDS AND A F3
RATING.

THE THIRD TORNADO FORMED JUST TO THE RIGHT OF THE SECOND TORNADO
TRACK ON THE ILLINOIS SIDE OF THE RIVER...2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
FULTS AROUND 946 PM. IT DESTROYED A LARGE GRAIN SILO AS IT TRAVELED
TO THE EAST NORTHEAST. AS IT MOVED INTO FULTS...IT CAUSED MINOR ROOF
AND SIDING DAMAGE TO TWO HOMES...AS WELL AS MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO THE
POST OFFICE. TWO SMALL SHEDS WERE DAMAGED.  AS THE TORNADO APPROACHED
THE BLUFFS...IT SNAPPED OFF SEVERAL PINE TREES BEFORE LIFTING AND
DISSIPATING AROUND 950 PM. THE KNOWN DAMAGE TRACK WAS 2.4 MILES LONG
WITH THE TORNADO REACHING A MAXIMUM DAMAGE WIDTH OF 100 YARDS AND A
F1 RATING.

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BYRD/PRZYBYLINSKI

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