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NWS surveys tornado damage in southeast Mo., southern Ill.

Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 5:53 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 2:06 PM CDT
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(KFVS) - Severe weather and strong storms moved through the Heartland late Sunday night into early Monday, October 25.

Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for several counties in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

Some towns reported possible tornado touchdowns and significant damage.

Two teams with the National Weather Service surveyed reported damage in the following communities: Chester, Ill., Coffman, Mo., St. Mary, Chloride, Mo., Catherine Place, Mo. and Fredericktown.

Fredericktown, Mo. damage

A preliminary NWS report shows that an EF3 caused damage in western Madison County near Fredericktown.

While we are under the tornado warning, our FEMA shelter is open for those in the area to take cover. Please share with those who may wish to take shelter there. Fredericktown Elementary School

Posted by Fredericktown Police Department on Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Fredericktown Fire Department reported that the area north of the bypass along City Lake Road has significant damage, likely from a tornado, but this has not been confirmed by the National Weather Service.

Several roads were blocked by downed trees, power lines and debris.

Significant damage likely from a tornado has effected the area north of the bypass and along City Lake Rd. Numerous...

Posted by Fredericktown Fire Department on Sunday, October 24, 2021

The fire department also said there is substantial damage to the main substation that feeds the city and that Black River Electric Co-op also has damage to their infrastructure.

For those inquiring about the status of the electricity. There is substantial damage to a main substation that feeds the city. BREC also has damage to their infrastructure. Plan accordingly.

Posted by Fredericktown Fire Department on Sunday, October 24, 2021

Due to power outages, Fredericktown R-1 Schools said they will not have classes on Monday and Tuesday.

There will be no school today, October 25 due to community-wide power outages and damages incurred by families in last...

Posted by Fredericktown R-1 Schools on Monday, October 25, 2021

The community and volunteers are working together to clear the damage.

Chester, Ill. damage

On Sunday night, the NWS reported a tornado went through Chester, Illinois.

The National Weather Service’s preliminary report first showed an EF1 tornado damaged north of Chester, but later the rating was upgraded to an EF2.

According to Chester Fire Chief Marty Bert, the roof collapsed at a nursing home in Chester, Ill. It’s located on Three Springs Road. There was also a gas leak, but no fire. The facility reports their residents are safe. An iconic barn on Route 3 was destroyed in addition to downed trees and power lines.

Neighbors and volunteers continue to help each other clear the damage to begin the recovery effort.

The NWS said the tornado that hit Chester traveled from St. Mary.

Ste. Genevieve County damage

According to the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office, they have multiple reports of buildings collapsed and entrapments in the St. Mary and Coffman, Mo. areas.

The National Weather Service preliminary report showed that an EF2 tornado hit the town and then traveled to Chester, Ill.

No injuries have been reported.

In St. Mary, one of our crews reported seeing multiple power lines and downed trees, along with a metal shed destroyed and cars flipped and moved from where they were parked.

The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid the St. Mary and Coffman areas.

Please avoid the St. Mary and Coffman areas to allow first responders to work the areas affected by the storms.

Posted by Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, October 24, 2021

Members of Trinity Baptist Church opened their doors for those impacted by the storms.

Residents and volunteers are working to clear roads and homes of debris left by the powerful storm.

St. Francois County damage

The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department also reported deputies responded to numerous calls for damaged or destroyed homes, downed power lines and trees.

Approximately 12 additional deputies were called to the southern part of the county.

The sheriff said in addition to deputies and other first responders, many in the county came out with chainsaws, skid steers, generators and manpower to help remove trees and debris from roadways.

On Sunday, October 24, 2021 a large tornado touched down in northern Madison, southwestern Ste. Genevieve and southern...

Posted by St. Francois County Sheriff's Department on Monday, October 25, 2021

Bollinger County damage

A preliminary report from the National Weather Service showed EF1 tornado damage in Zalma.

The Zalma R-V School District canceled classes after its gymnasium was damaged and campus covered in debris by storms on Sunday night.

Residents are asked not to come onto the school grounds until further notice because of downed power lines and debris.

School leaders said they will be assessing the damage and let parents and students know as soon as possible if additional classes will be canceled.

Zalma Schools are closed today due to storm damage. We will assess damages today and will notify everyone as soon as...

Posted by Zalma R-V School District on Monday, October 25, 2021

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