PM - NWS issues TORNADO WATCH until 4 am

Francis Osborne
March 8, 2017

The tornado touched down at 7:55 p.m. near Perryville, Mo., and lifted at 8:57 p.m. near Christopher, Ill.

Tornadoes also were confirmed near St. Marys at 6:07 p.m. and five miles southwest of Meriden at 6:29 p.m., the National Weather said. Many thousands of large trees were snapped and uprooted, and dozens of homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed across Jackson and Franklin Counties.

"Three homes were leveled on the west side of US 61 with dozens of other homes and structures destroyed".

The 300-yard-wide tornado was on the ground for about seven minutes and caused the most significant damage to a home on South Commerce Road. The damage further east was consistent with and EF0 or EF1 level tornado.

The watch is in effect through 10 p.m. Monday night.

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One EF-2 was located in Washington around 5 a.m. with a path of.15 miles with wind speeds of 113 miles per hour.

The three additional tornados include Smith County and two portions of Putnam County.

Two other tornadoes, rated EF-1 and EF-2, did damage in Kentucky.

Shawnee County Emergency Management Director Dusty Nichols says the Storm Talk has been cancelled due to the potential threat for severe weather in the area.

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