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Some area residents are beginning to clean up today after strong storms hit the Ozarks overnight. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.
Severe storms that moved through Springfield and other parts of Southwest Missouri overnight left damage in their wake. Steve Runnels, National Weather Service meteorologist, says they've determined that a tornado touched down in Springfield between 10:30 and 11 pm.
"The National Weather Service did conduct a storm survey this morning, and we did determine that a tornado did touch down on the south side of the city and eventually moved off to the southeast side near St. John's, but ultimately, yes, it was a tornado."
About two dozen structures sustained minor damage but a few received significant damage to roofs. The tornado intermittently caused damage to homes and businesses as well as trees and power lines starting southwest of the intersection of Republic and Scenic and ending roughly near the intersection of Catalpa and Fremont. Runnels says no tornado warning was issued.
"Based on information from Dopplar Radar, the National Weather Service did not determine that this storm was capable of producing a tornado. It was very short-lived, and it was a relatively weak storm unlike the true tornado-producing storms that formed over Oklahoma."
The tornado packed winds up to 100 miles per hour and is being called an EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.