NWS: Preliminary report shows EF1 tornado hit Marquand, MO during Sunday’s storms

Strong winds level trees and damage property in Marquand, MO

(KFVS) - Some Heartland counties experienced severe weather on Sunday, March 24.

A preliminary report from the National Weather Service shows an EF1 tornado was confirmed in the Marquand, Mo. area from storms Sunday night. This storm continued into Bollinger County.

The NWS in St. Louis report shows the tornado had estimated peak winds of 110 mph with a maximum width of 1/3 mile. There were no injuries.

Tornado warnings were issued for St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve Counties in Missouri and Randolph County in Illinois.

Storm damage was reported in Patton and Marquand, Missouri.

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Mike Clinard’s property off Madison County Road 310 was in the path of the strong wind gusts.

"I turned the knob to look outside and before I could even think the wind has blown the door back in my face, knocks me backwards,” Clinard said. “I don't know how fast the wind was blowing but I never really experienced anything like that."

Clinard said the strong winds ripped the roof off a restored barn, snapped his neighbor’s TV antenna in half, destroyed his car port and leveled many trees around his home.

“Twenty feet to the northeast and a tree would’ve cut right through the house,” Clinard said. “Everybody here was lucky and I’m glad nobody was hurt. I can’t stress that enough how quickly and easily it could have been very very bad.”

Not too far away on Route DD, Jennifer Dees said her in-laws felt their house shaking when the storm Sunday night destroyed storage sheds in their backyard and launched a tree branch through windows on their minivan.

"It could have almost been rolled. I'm just blown away by all the devastation that is around here,” Dees said. “The wind turbines on the back of the house completely blew off so hopefully we don't have any rain in the near future before they get that patched up."

On Monday crews with Madison County and MoDOT were clearing blocked roads, and friends and neighbors started removing the debris on affected properties.

“From destructive to productive,” Clinard said. “I’ve must of had 20, 25 people today offer help, and bear in mind I would do the same for them in a heartbeat and I think that is how you live in a rural area.”

The National Weather Service took reports of damage to a mobile home in Patton, Missouri.

McLeansboro Fire Department officials said they believe a lightning strike led to a oil tank fire in Dale, Ill.

Reports to the NWS also detailed portions of a pole barn blown over near Christopher, Illinois.

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