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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
945 PM CST FRI MAR 17 2006

...UPDATED DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FOR THE MARCH 11 2006 TORNADIC
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND SOUTHWEST
ILLINOIS...

THE FOLLOWING IS UPDATED DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION BASED ON BOTH
GROUND AND AERIAL SURVEYS OF THE TRACK OF THE TORNADIC SUPERCELL
WHICH MOVED ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS ON THE
EVENING OF MARCH 11.  THIS STORM ACTUALLY ORIGINATED IN SOUTHWEST
MISSOURI. THIS SURVEY PROVIDES INFORMATION FOR THE STORM WITHIN THE
NWS ST LOUIS COUNTY WARNING AREA.

THE SURVEY REVEALS 4 SEPARATE TORNADOES OCCURRED. DETAILS ARE AS
FOLLOWS:

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN EAST CENTRAL REYNOLDS COUNTY
JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 21 NEAR ROUTE O AROUND 755 PM.  THE DAMAGE AT
THIS POINT WAS AROUND 75 YARDS WIDE AND CONSISTED OF SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED TREES...RECEIVING A RATING OF F1. THE TORNADO TRAVELED TO
THE NORTHEAST...CROSSING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE V AND COUNTY
ROAD 342 WHERE A NUMBER OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. THE
TORNADO WIDTH AT THIS POINT REMAINED AROUND 75 YARDS WITH AN
INTENSITY OF F1. THE TORNADO ENTERED IRON COUNTY AROUND 810 PM...AND
CROSSED HIGHWAY 49 BETWEEN CHLORIDE AND SABULA AROUND 818 PM. THE
TORNADO WIDTH AND INTENSITY HAD INCREASED CONSIDERABLY AT THIS POINT.
THE TORNADO WIDTH RANGED FROM ONE-QUARTER TO ONE-THIRD OF A MILE.
A LARGE NUMBER OF TREES IN THE MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST WERE
ALMOST COMPLETELY LEVELED EXTENDING FOR A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE TO
THE NORTHEAST.  DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS RATED F2. THE TORNADO
THEN CROSSED ROUTE E TO THE WEST OF PATTERSON MOUNTAIN.  AT THIS
LOCATION A BARN WAS DESTROYED...A HOME RECEIVED DAMAGE TO ITS ROOF
AND EXTERIOR...AND A NUMBER OF TREES WERE UPROOTED.  THE DAMAGE WAS
RATED F1 WITH A TORNADO WIDTH OF ONE-QUARTER MILE.  THE TORNADO
CONTINUED TO TRAVEL TO THE NORTHEAST PRODUCING F1 TO F2 INTENSITY
DAMAGE...FLATTENING LARGE AREAS OF TREES TO THE NORTH OF PATTERSON
MOUNTAIN. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF
HIGHWAY 72 AND ROUTE K IN MADISON COUNTY AROUND 848 PM. A NUMBER OF
TREES WERE BROKEN OR UPROOTED ALONG A 200-300 YARD SECTION ADJACENT
TO HIGHWAY 72. THIS DAMAGE WAS RATED F1. THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF
THIS TORNADO WAS AROUND 26 MILES.

THE SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 848 PM...THE SAME TIME FIRST
TORNADO WAS LIFTING. THE TOUCHDOWN POINT WAS NEAR HIGHWAY 72 AND
COUNTY ROAD 504...1 MILE EAST SOUTHEAST OF OAK GROVE. THE TORNADO
WAS ON THE GROUND LESS THAN 1 MILE...UPROOTING A NUMBER OF TREES.
THIS DAMAGE WAS RATED F1 WITH A WIDTH OF AROUND 75 YARDS.

THE TORNADO THEN TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN AT 854 PM...2.5 MILES NORTHEAST
OF THE HIGHWAY 67 AND ROUTE H INTERSECTION IN MADISON COUNTY. THIS
THIRD TORNADO TRAVELED THROUGH WESTERN AND NORTHERN SECTIONS OF MINE
LA MOTTE CROSSING ROUTE 00 NEAR COUNTY ROADS 217 AND 224...PRODUCING
F1 INTENSITY DAMAGE. A MOBILE HOME WAS DAMAGED...A METAL OUTBUILDING
WAS DESTROYED...A BARN WAS DAMAGED AND A NUMBER OF TREES WERE SPLIT
OR UPROOTED. THE DAMAGE WIDTH THROUGH THIS REGION WAS 250-300 YARDS.
THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED MOVING TO THE NORTHEAST...PASSING THROUGH
EXTREME SOUTHEAST ST FRANCOIS COUNTY...AND MOVING ALONG ROUTE T JUST
WEST OF WOMACK.  THE TORNADO FINALLY LIFTED 1 MILE NORTHEAST OF
WOMACK IN STE GENEVIEVE COUNTY AT 913 PM. THE DAMAGE NORTHEAST OF
MINE LA MOTTE WAS RATED F1 AND CONSISTED OF UPROOTED TREES.  THE
TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO SEGMENT WAS AROUND 8.5 MILES.

THE FOURTH TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF ROUTE WW AND 1 MILE
NORTH OF HOLMES ROAD IN STE GENEVIEVE COUNTY AT 920 PM.  THE TORNADO
TRAVELED NORTHEAST AROUND 4 MILES CROSSING THE STE GENEVIEVE AND
PERRY COUNTY LINE NEAR ROUTE N AROUND 1.5 MILES SOUTH OF MINNITH.
ON KRAMER ROAD JUST OFF HIGHWAY N...THE TORNADO PRODUCED F2 INTENSITY
DAMAGE WITH A PATH WIDTH OF ONE-QUARTER MILE.  A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE
HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND ROLLED 150 YARDS LEAVING NOTHING
BUT A MANGLED FRAME.  THE TWO OCCUPANTS OF THIS MOBILE HOME WERE
SEVERELY INJURED.  TWO OTHER MOBILE HOMES WERE ALSO COMPLETED
DESTROYED WITH THE DEBRIS STREWN HUNDREDS OF YARDS TO THE EAST. TWO
BARNS...A MACHINE SHED...AND DETACHED GARAGE WERE ALSO COMPLETELY
DESTROYED.  THE TORNADO CROSSED ROUTE N JUST UP THE ROAD PRODUCING F1
INTENSITY DAMAGE TO ANOTHER FARM.  THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED ACROSS
NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN THE NWS PADUCAH COUNTY WARNING AREA
PRODUCING F2 TO F3 INTENSITY DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED INTO
RANDOLPH COUNTY ILLINOIS AROUND 942 PM...MOVING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
PORTION OF KASKASKIA ISLAND. DEBRIS PROBABLY ORIGINATING FROM SOUTH
OF ST MARY WAS FOUND IN SOME FIELDS ON THE ISLAND. NUMEROUS SNAPPED
OR UPROOTED TREES WERE FOUND ON THE ISLAND.  THIS DAMAGE WAS RATED
F1. THE DAMAGE WIDTH NEAR THE SHORE OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WAS 300
YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER CONTINUING
TO MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS RANDOLPH COUNTY FOR 22.5 MILES. F2 INTENSITY
DAMAGE WAS FOUND JUST NORTH OF THE CHESTER CORRECTIONAL CENTER...
WHERE A NUMBER OF TREES WERE LEVELED OR SNAPPED OFF. THE TORNADO
PRODUCED F1 INTENSITY DAMAGE AT THE GORDON BUD COHEN RECREATIONAL
COMPLEX WHERE 3 WOODEN LIGHT POSTS WERE SNAPPED NEAR THE BASE AND THE
BACKSTOPS AND FENCES WERE BLOWN OVER. JUST TO THE EAST...3 LARGE POLE
BARNS AND SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED...AND A HOUSE HAD ROOF
AND EXTERIOR DAMAGE. THE DAMAGE AT THIS POINT WAS AROUND 300 YARDS
WIDE.  THE MAXIMUM INTENSITY WAS RATED F2.  THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO
PRODUCE F1 TO F2 INTENSITY DAMAGE ALONG THE REMAINDER OF ITS PATH
THROUGH RANDOLPH COUNTY WITH A NEARLY CONTINUOUS 300 YARD WIDTH.
NOTABLE AREAS OF F2 DAMAGE WERE FOUND JUST NORTH AND NORTHEAST OF
BREMEN ALONG HIGHWAY 150. THIS DAMAGE CONSISTED OF A METAL HIGH
TENSION POWER LINE TOWER DOWN AND TWISTED...A DESTROYED MOBILE
HOME...A NUMBER OF DESTROYED BARNS AND METAL OUTBUILDINGS...ROOF AND
EXTERIOR DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES...AND NUMEROUS UPROOTED AND SNAPPED
TREES.  NOTABLE F2 DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED NEAR HIGHWAY 150 AROUND 1.5
MILES WEST OF STEELEVILLE. THE REAR PORTION OF A HOUSE HAD
CONSIDERABLE ROOF AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE...SEVERAL DETACHED GARAGES
WERE DESTROYED...AT LEAST 5 METAL OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED...
SEVERAL BARNS WERE DESTROYED...SIGNS WERE DESTROYED...AND TREES AND
POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. THE TORNADO FINALLY EXITED RANDOLPH COUNTY
1.5 MILES SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 154 ON COUNTY LINE ROAD AROUND 1015 PM..

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST INTO PERRY COUNTY ILLINOIS. PERSONNEL
FROM THE NWS OFFICE IN PADUCAH HAVE SURVEYED THAT PORTION OF THE
TRACK.

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GLASS/CVKING/MILLER

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