The National Weather Service says weak tornado hit SW Mo. during weekend

Monday, October 15, 2012 | 8:10 a.m. CDT; updated 1:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 15, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — The National Weather Service said a weak tornado was responsible for some minor damage in southwest Missouri during the weekend.

Meteorologist Mike Griffin said investigators determined on Sunday that an EF0 tornado touched down southwest of Willard on Saturday night. It knocked down trees, tore shingles and siding off roofs and ruined a deck. EF0 is the weakest possible tornado, with winds of about 80 mph. No major damage was reported.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the weather service plans to investigate further on Monday to determine if weak tornadoes also touched down near Halltown and an area near Miller. There were no reports of major damage in those areas.

Damage to a greenhouse and barn near Republic was attributed to straight-line winds.

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