Storm Event Survey

December 31, 2010

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 Tornado Damage Survey Summary

Several tornado damage surveys were conducted by the National Weather Service in Springfield, MO on December 31st, January 1st, and January 2nd.  Teams were sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Rolla, Northeastern Christian County, Polk County, Lecoma, and Table Rock Lake.

 

Fort Leonard Wood

Rating:  EF-3

Width:  500 yards

Path Length:  7.5 miles

AT 943 AM ON DECEMBER 31ST...A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY
TEAM HAS DETERMINED THAT AN EF-3 TORNADO OCCURRED OVER FORT LEONARD
WOOD MISSOURI. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 500 YARDS.
THE DAMAGE PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 7.5 MILES LONG AND WAS CONFINED
TO THE INTERIOR OF THE BASE.

NUMEROUS HOMES WERE DESTROYED ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BASE. SEVERAL
HOMES SUFFERED COMPLETE WALL DAMAGE. THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT ON THE
BASE WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED...LOOSING ITS SECOND STORY.

 

Rolla

Rating:  EF-3

Width:  500 yards

Path Length:  11 miles

AT 1006 AM...A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF-3
TORNADO OCCURRED NORTH OF ROLLA MISSOURI ON DECEMBER 31ST 2010.

THE DAMAGE PATH FROM THIS TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 11 MILES
LONG...RUNNING FROM JUST NORTH OF INTERSTATE 44 ONE MILE WEST OF
ROLLA TO HIGHWAY 68 THREE MILES NORTHWEST OF INTERSTATE 44. THE
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 500 YARDS.

THE HEAVIEST DAMAGED OCCURRED BETWEEN STATE HIGHWAY E AND COUNTY
ROAD 8040. TWO SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED
WITH DEBRIS THROWN UPSTREAM WHILE THE FRAMES WERE DETACHED. TWO
FATALITIES OCCURRED IN ONE OF THESE HOMES.  A TWO STORY HOME HAD ALL
BUT ITS INTERIOR WALLS DESTROYED.  SEVERAL CARS WERE THROWN...WITH ONE
VEHICLE THROWN OVER THE DESTROYED HOME.

IN ADDITION...MINOR TO MODERATE ROOF AND TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED AT
VARIOUS LOCATIONS NEAR THE STARTING POINT TO HIGHWAY 63 NORTH OF
ROLLA. PRIMARILY TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED BETWEEN HIGHWAY 63 AND
HIGHWAY 68.

 

Lecoma

Rating:  EF-1

Width:  1/4 mile wide

Path Length:  7 miles

AT 1012 AM...The National Weather Service Survey Team determined that an EF-1 Tornado occurred near the town of Lecoma on December 31st, 2010.   The tornado was estimated to be 50 yards wide along county road 2050 near Lecoma with estimated winds of 90 to 100 mph. The tornado continued for approximately 7 miles into rural Phelps county where it enlarged to around a quarter mile wide near county road 179.  The tornado ended around county road 154 as an EF-0 about 50 yards wide.

Several structures were destroyed along its path including a mobile home near Lecoma where 2 fatalities occurred.

 

Christian/Webster County

Rating:  EF-1

Width:  250 yards

Path Length:  8.1 miles

AT 1218 AM ON DECEMBER 31ST...A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM
CONFIRMED THAT DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED ACROSS NORTHEASTERN CHRISTIAN COUNTY
AND SOUTHWESTERN WEBSTER COUNTY WAS DUE TO AN EF-1 TORNADO.

THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO VARIED FROM AS NARROW AS 50 YARDS TO A
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF AROUND 250 YARDS. ESTIMATED WINDS SPEEDS WITH
THIS TORNADO RANGED FROM 80 MILES PER HOUR TO NEAR 105 MILES PER
HOUR.

ONE TRAILER HOME WAS SPUN 180 DEGREES AND DISPLACED 150 YARDS. TWO
INDIVIDUALS TOOK SHELTER IN A BATHTUB WITHIN THE STRUCTURE...BOTH
SURVIVING THE STORM UNINJURED. A LARGE BARN WAS SEVERELY
DAMAGED...LOSING ITS ROOF WITH SEVERAL COLLAPSED WALLS. NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED...UPROOTED...AND BLOWN ACROSS ROADWAYS ALONG
THE DAMAGE PATH. NUMEROUS OUTBUILDINGS WERE ALSO DAMAGED AND
DESTROYED.

 

4 Tornadoes Near Table Rock Lake

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY...IN COOPERATION WITH THE
MISSOURI WATER PATROL AND STONE COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT...REVEALED THAT THREE SEPARATE TORNADOES OCCURRED NEAR
THE TABLE ROCK LAKE AREA LATE DECEMBER 30TH AND EARLY MORNING
DECEMBER 31ST.

TORNADO NUMBER 1:

AT 1119 PM ON THE 30TH OF DECEMBER...THE STONE COUNTY OFFICE OF
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFIRMED THAT AN EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN IN A RURAL AREA 2.5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAMPE.

THE TORNADO CAUSED MINOR DAMAGED TO A MOBILE HOME...STOCK
TRAILER...TWO LARGE FARM GAS TANKS...A FRAMED HOME...AND AN
OUTBUILDING.

PATH LENGTH...0.20 MILES.
PATH WIDTH...30 YARDS.
MAX WIND SPEEDS...65 MPH.
RATING...EF-0.


TORNADO NUMBER 2:

AT 1126 PM DECEMBER 30TH...A STRONG EF-1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON
THE MAIN CHANNEL OF TABLE ROCK LAKE JUST NORTHEAST OF THE COW
CREEK RECREATIONAL AREA. THE TORNADO THEN IMPACTED THE EASTERN
EDGE OF THE HIGHWAY DD PENINSULA. THIS TORNADO CROSSED SIX
DIFFERENT COVES...DAMAGING OR DESTROYING 11 BOAT DOCKS.
APPROXIMATELY 25 BOATS WERE EITHER DESTROYED OR DAMAGED.

THIS TORNADO ALSO DAMAGED APPROXIMATELY 60 FRAME HOMES...WITH MOST
OF THE HOUSES EXPERIENCING MINOR TO MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE. ONE WELL
BUILT BRICK HOME HAD ITS ENTIRE ROOF TAKEN OFF ITS STRUCTURE. THIS
HOME WAS LOCATED IN THE TRAILS END COMMUNITY. THE TORNADO THEN
IMPACTED TWO MORE COVES PRIOR TO MOVING BACK OVER THE OPEN WATERS OF
TABLE ROCK LAKE. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED PRIOR TO REACHING THE
WESTERN SHORE LINE OF THE INDIAN POINT PENINSULA.

DAMAGE PATH LENGTH WAS 3.15 MILES.
MAXIMUM DAMAGE WIDTH WAS 300 YARDS.
MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 110 MPH.
RATING...HIGH END EF-1.



TORNADO NUMBER 3:

AT 1217 AM DECEMBER 31ST...AN EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG THE
SOUTHERN POINT OF THE INDIAN POINT PENINSULA. THE TORNADO IMPACTED
A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH FRAME HOMES PRIOR TO DAMAGING THE EASTERN
SHORE LINE OF THE PENINSULA. FOUR COVES WERE AFFECTED BY THIS
TORNADO DAMAGING APPROXIMATELY 6 BOAT DOCKS. THESE BOAT DOCKS HAD
MAINLY OPEN SLIPS...WITH APPROXIMATELY FOUR BOATS DAMAGED.

THE TORNADO DAMAGED ONE BOAT DOCK AT ROCK LANE RESORT...AND THEN
MOVED OVER OPEN WATER WHERE IT DISSIPATED PRIOR TO REACHING THE
COMPTON RIDGE SHORE LINE.

DAMAGE PATH LENGTH WAS 1.75 MILES.
MAXIMUM DAMAGE WIDTH WAS 75 YARDS.
MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 70 MPH.
RATING...EF-0.

 

TORNADO NUMBER 4:

AT 752 AM DECEMBER 31ST...AN EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN CARROL
COUNTY ARKANSAS...MOVED INTO MISSOURI...AND CAUSED DAMAGE NEAR AN
OPEN FIELD SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 86 AND HIGHWAY 13
NORTH OF BLUE EYE. THE TORNADO KNOCKED DOWN SEVERAL TREES WHILE
DESTROYING A CAR PORT AT A RESIDENCE. THE TORNADO LIFTED AS IT WAS
CROSSING HIGHWAY 13.

MAXIMUM DAMAGE WIDTH WAS 50 YARDS.
MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 65 MPH.
RATING...EF-0.

 

Polk County Tornado

Rating:  EF-0

Width:  50 yards

Path Length:  1 mile

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF-0 TORNADO
BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN TO THE NORTHEAST OF BOLIVAR IN POLK COUNTY ON DECEMBER
31ST 2010.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 837 AM...AND CAUSED AN INTERMITTENT
DAMAGE PATH THAT WAS APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE IN LENGTH. THE PATH
EXTENDED FROM NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 155 AND
430...OR ABOUT 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF BOLIVAR TO NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 170 AND 420...OR 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF
BOLIVAR. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 50 YARDS.

THE DAMAGE FROM THIS TORNADO WAS SPARSE DUE TO ITS WEAK INTENSITY
AND THAT IT TRACKED MAINLY ACROSS OPEN FIELDS. THREE STRUCTURES
SUFFERED MINOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING A PORTION OF A ROOF REMOVED FROM ONE
HOME.

THERE WERE NO INJURIES.

 


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