Tornado confirmed in Leopold

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 11:23 a.m. CDT

LEOPOLD — A small tornado is officially to blame for weekend storm damage in southeast Missouri.

The National Weather Service confirms that a twister struck just after noon Sunday, damaging two buildings on property near Leopold, then moved a mile north to Dutchtown.

Winds peaked at 85 mph while creating a path of debris seven miles long and 70 yards wide.

Investigators found shingles partially or completely ripped from the roofs of six homes. The tornado destroyed three barns and tore siding off some homes.

In Gordonville, high winds from the same storm collapsed a barn, killing one cow and injuring several others.


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