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County spared from severe storm damage

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A line of powerful storms ripped through Stoddard County Tuesday evening and dumped between an inch and a half and two inches of rain throughout the county.

While there was a lot of rain and wind with tornado sirens sounding, Stoddard County appears to have been spared significant damage.

The Stoddard County Sheriff's Department and the Dexter Police Department said early Wednesday morning that they had received no reports of damage.

The National Weather Service storm report states that a law enforcement officer reported a tree down from wind damage near Puxico, but that is the only official report.

The same report also says that an off-duty deputy spotted a funnel cloud at 9:16 p.m. between Dexter and Essex just south of Hwy. 114. It was reported to be moving east at 45 mph.

No other reports were received.

Not everywhere in Southeast Missouri was as fortunate as Stoddard County.

A home was destroyed and several others damaged when a line of strong storms swept through the area bringing high winds and heavy downpours.

Cape Girardeau County emergency management said a home at Delta was destroyed by high winds just after 9 p.m. Tuesday in some of the worst damage locally, according to preliminary storm damage reports from the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.

The storm system caused wind damage across the area and poured .81 inches of rain in a half-hour at Poplar Bluff.

According to preliminary storm reports, law enforcement in Ripley County reported a porch roof was ripped off a home and 15 trees were knocked down 6 miles northeast of Doniphan, Mo., in Ripley County at about 8 p.m.

In Poplar Bluff, the storms dumped .81 inches of rain in a half-hour, according to an account from a trained spotter posted at 8:46 p.m. Two mobile homes were also blown off their foundations at Poplar Bluff.

The storms touched off severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings as they moved through, but no tornadoes touched down, according to early reports.

A funnel cloud was sighted near exit 99 off Interstate 55 by a trained spotter just before 9:30 p.m.

Numerous trees were downed in southeast Wayne County near Wappapello at 8:55 p.m., an emergency manager said. A semi-truck and its trailer were blown down because of straight-line winds along Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County at 9:15 p.m.

Cape Girardeau County emergency management also reported trees down blocking parts of Highway 25, Route W, the intersection of county roads 316 and 324 and LaSalle Avenue. Power lines were reported down and debris on some rooftops in Delta, where a home was later reported destroyed in the storm and several others damaged.

A car crash in Interstate 55's northbound lane in Cape Girardeau shut down a stretch of traffic for a time, though details were scarce just before midnight as police worked the wreck. A Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatcher said the patrol was assisting with traffic, but that the Cape Girardeau Police Department was in charge of the scene. A dispatcher with the city police department said details wouldn't be available until later. The patrol dispatcher said at about 11:30 p.m. the wreck took place about mile marker 97 and that the passing lane had just opened up.

Power lines were reported down across New Madrid, Mo., by law enforcement and power outages were reported in Sikeston, Mo. Wind gusts of up to 60 to 70 mph were reported in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. An unoccupied mobile home was blown over in New Madrid County at Lilbourn.

According to Ameren's website, there are no outages in Stoddard County as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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