Southeast Missouri Tornadoes - April 24, 2004
Two tornadoes were confirmed by a National Weather Service damage survey in southeast Missouri. Both of the tornadoes occurred northwest of Poplar Bluff during the late afternoon hours. The following map displays their approximate paths. A third tornado was discovered several days later in rural areas of western Cape Girardeau County. For damage survey information on the Cape Girardeau County F-2 tornado, click here.
Details of the F-2 Tornado near Ellsinore, between Poplar Bluff and Van Buren:
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM
WINDS: 150 MPH
* ESTIMATED TIME: TORNADO FORMED IN CARTER COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY 512 PM AND REMAINED ON THE GROUND UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 530 PM.
* EVENT LOCATION: FROM 1 MILE SOUTH OF US HWY 60 AND COUNTY HWY 233 IN EASTERN CARTER COUNTY...T0 1 MILE WEST OF THE TOWN OF ELSINORE IN EASTERN CARTER COUNTY TO JUST INSIDE THE CARTER/WAYNE COUNTY LINE ON COUNTY ROAD 365.
* DAMAGE AREA DIMENSIONS: AVERAGE = 1/10 OF A MILE WIDE
7 2/3 MILES LONG
* INJURIES: 5
* DEATHS: NONE
* DAMAGE: TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN, MOBILE HOMES DESTROYED. CLICK ON PHOTOS BELOW FOR FULL SIZE PICTURES.
Details of the F-1 Tornado near Patterson, to the west of Greenville:
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS:
* ESTIMATED TIME: TORNADO FORMED IN WAYNE COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY 552 PM AND REMAINED ON THE GROUND UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 558 PM.
* EVENT LOCATION: FROM 4 MILES SOUTH OF PATTERSON ON HWY "B" TO PATTERSON AT THE JUNCTION OF HWY 34 AND "FF".
* DAMAGE AREA DIMENSIONS: AVERAGE = 100 YARDS WIDE
4 MILES LONG
* INJURIES: 0
* DEATHS: NONE
* DAMAGE: TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN, ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES. SEE PHOTOS BELOW....CLICK FOR FULL SIZE.
Below is a photo of a barn destroyed by a thunderstorm in Cape Girardeau County. The exact location is on County Road 365 near Tilsit, Missouri, about 7 miles southwest of Jackson. Photo courtesy of Charlie Griffith.
Tornado Watch 118 was issued from 12:10 P.M. until 8 P.M. for most of southeast Missouri. A second Tornado Watch, Number 120, was issued from 6:40 P.M. until midnight for most of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and southwest Indiana. A warm front extended from southern Missouri east across western Kentucky during this event. As the storms developed and moved across this frontal boundary, they became tornadic across southeast Missouri.