Tornado Path - Camden County Mo.
Sunday May 4th, 2003
F-Scale: F3 North of Decaturville
Path Length: ~15 miles Width: 100 yards to 1/4 mile Time: 736 - 808 p.m.
This summary is for the tornado which moved south of Camdenton, MO before lifting just north of Montreal in Camden County. The storm was rated an F-3 north of Decaturville and resulted in the deaths of three individuals in residences along Highway 5 the southeast of Camdenton.
The tornadic storm, called a supercell, earlier produced a deadly tornado in northern Dallas County then moved across the northwest corner of Laclede County before again producing a tornado to the southwest of Camdenton near Tunnel Dam Road. The tornado tracked east northeast, heavily damaging more than a dozen additional homes.
Perhaps the most significant damage was to a wood frame home along Highway 5 approximately five miles southeast of Camdenton. Despite having roof rafters bolted to the walls and the walls bolted to the foundation (a few of which were pulled out of the concrete), this house was swept free a short distance from the foundation. At another location, damage was reported to have been swept against the flow of the storm some 100 - 200 yards. Other significant damage was observed on Spencer Creek Road and off High Point Road. The combined observations of these reports resulted in the National Weather Service to rate the tornado at the high end of an F-3, indicating winds approaching 200 mph.
The total path length of the tornado was approximately 15 miles.