Damage survey reveals macroburst with EF2 wind speeds in East Prairie, MO

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
737 PM CDT MON APR 26 2010

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR EAST PRAIRIE AREA OF MISSISSIPPI AND
NEW MADRID COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI...

THE FOLLOWING IS THE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR THE MACROBURST
IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI.

* EVENT DATE - SATURDAY APRIL 24 2010

* EVENT TIME - 125 TO 137 PM CDT

* EVENT TYPE - DOWNBURST /MACROBURST/

* EVENT LOCATION - 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF EAST PRAIRIE TO 3 MILES
  NORTHEAST OF EAST PRAIRIE

* PEAK WIND - 120 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH - 3 MILES

* PATH LENGTH - 8 MILES

* INJURIES - 1 MINOR

* FATALITIES - NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE - HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF DAMAGE WAS IN EAST
  PRAIRIE. ON COUNTY ROAD 535 ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF EAST
  PRAIRIE...TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE DEMOLISHED. A SINGLE WIDE MOBILE
  HOME WAS COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM THE FRAME...WHICH WAS BLOWN
  100 YARDS UNTIL IT STRUCK A BRICK HOUSE. THE SOLE OCCUPANT OF
  THE MOBILE HOME WAS A YOUNG ADULT WHO RECEIVED ONLY NUMEROUS
  ABRASIONS. A SECOND SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WAS BLOWN A VERY
  SHORT DISTANCE INTO TREES. A NEARBY HOUSE LOST MOST OF THE ROOF
  AND A LARGE SECTION OF THE WINDWARD FACING EXTERIOR WALL.

  OFF STATE ROAD OO IN NEARBY NEW MADRID COUNTY...A HOUSE UNDER
  CONSTRUCTION LOST SOME WALLS AND THE ROOF. IN THE CITY OF EAST
  PRAIRIE...THREE INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR
  DESTROYED, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF THE EAST PRAIRIE
  POLICE DEPARTMENT. NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN AND NEAR
  EAST PRAIRIE...SOME DAMAGING HOMES. SEVERAL FARM BUILDINGS
  RECEIVED MINOR TO MAJOR DAMAGE SOUTHWEST OF EAST PRAIRIE.

  THE PEAK WIND OF 120 MPH...EQUIVALENT TO AN EF2 TORNADO...WAS
  SUPPORTED BY DAMAGE TO SEVERAL STRUCTURES INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL
  BUILDINGS IN EAST PRAIRIE AND HOMES WEST AND SOUTHWEST OF EAST
  PRAIRIE. THIS WAS ONE OF THE STRONGEST DOWNBURSTS EVER
  DOCUMENTED IN OUR REGION.

SURVEYORS...SHANKLIN/ YORK

map of macroburst in East Prairie. MO

Damage photos taken by NWS staff:

Mobile home demolished. The frame struck a brick home partially obscured by the trees but was relocated back to the original property before this photo was taken. 

Mobile home demolished

Exterior wall of home partially blown in. The pre-existing condition of the house was rather poor.

wall partially blown out

 



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