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The National Weather Service says the EF0 tornado—about 50 yards wide—touched down near Cairo and Pickwick at 7:18 and travelled east where it lifted a minute later near Cairo and Glenstone.
Drew Albert is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.
"It was a brief touch down. It was really from a small rain shower that was over Springfield. Some people call them landspouts. It was a very small, weak tornado, really hard to detect on radar, in fact nearly impossible even being so close to the radar, you know, only a few miles from the radar here at the airport, but it did do some very brief damage. It was seen from some of the higher buildings in Springfield, so it was a very visible weak, brief tornado," he said.
The storm caused damage to trees and minor damage to roofs. The estimated wind speed was 60 miles per hour.
According to Albert, these tornados often go undetected when they touch down in rural areas.