Residents in several KMZU listening area counties are dealing with wind damage, power outages and as is the case in Orrick, severe damage from a confirmed tornado.
Orrick resident and eyewitness Andy Palmer recalls what he saw.
After the storm moved off to the east Ray Co. emergency responders moved in and set up a staging area at the Orrick School. A headquarters was established at Orrick’s Fire Station. Crews from Gladstone, Mo. and Kansas City were called in as well. Ray Co. authorities were also assisted by the Clay County Emergency Management Director.
The cell that produced the twister got started in Clay County about 4:20 p.m. After nearly an hour a tornado warning was issued at 5:19 p.m. for eastern Clay County when rotation was confirmed by trained spotters just east of Missouri City. That funnel cloud would eventually touch down and strike Orrick a few minutes later.
KMZU listener Weldon Woodard was south of Orrick and the Missouri River and reported the twister kicking up dust and structural debris. The super cell would continue to produce tornado touchdowns south of the river just east of Lexington. The supercell then proceeded eastward, producing wind damage in Dover as funnel clouds were reported there just before 6 p.m. There were also reports of golf ball size hail in Waverly and along both the north and south edges of the Missouri River as the system made its way into Saline County.
Just after 7 p.m. spotters reported the rotation of the storm beginning to pick up near Grand Pass. A few minutes later those same spotters reported a funnel cloud above the trees just south of U.S.65. Then, at 7:19 p.m. the sirens were sounded in Marshall as another touchdown was reported. It would move through the southern portion of the Marshall area and then along 240. Initial reports in eastern Saline and western Howard Counties indicated the majority of the damage was signage that had blown down and trees being shredded. There was one report of a tree across Highway 240 near 255th Road. The storm was then downgraded to severe and pushed off into Cooper County and eventually Boone County when another twister was confirmed on the ground near Arrow Rock, traveling towards Booneville at 8:12 p.m.
For nearly four hours a path of damage approximately 72 miles long, including severe damage in Orrick was produced along the Missouri River from the east edge of what is considered the Kansas City Metro into central Missouri.
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