Downburst knocks down trees, power lines in Scott City

Downburst knocks down trees, power lines in Scott City
(Source: Nichole Cartmell/KFVS)
(Source: Nichole Cartmell/KFVS)

SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Strong storms moved though Scott County again Thursday evening.

A downburst hit the city last night around 6:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

That's defined as a strong downward current of air from a cloud, that spreads on the ground.

Forecasters say this one had wind speeds of 75 miles an hour.

It caused a path of damage more than a mile and a half long, and lasted about two minutes.

Winds from the burst knocked down trees and power lines across Scott City.

At one point Thursday night, more than 1,000 people were without power.

Ameren crews worked overnight to repair the downed lines.

By 8 a.m. power had been restored to most residents.

Emergency crews will be back out Friday to clear one tree that is blocking the intersection of Fourth Street and Ruth Avenue.

Debris and downed trees covered those two streets.

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