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This section of the Spicer barn had an open wall prior to the storm, but the ceiling was completely ripped off.

Leonard Spicer examines damage on his property after Thursday Morning's storm.

Possible Tornado Hits Area South of Sandoval

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Two residents who live south of Sandoval say they heard what sounded like a 'roar' from a tornado just before seven Thursday morning and sustained property damage.  

The most severe damage was at the Leonard and Norma Speiser residence at 978 Cemetery Road near the Norton Road intersection.   Norma Speiser describes what she heard.  "We heard on the radio there was a storm coming east from Carlyle, so I ran and got two pillows off the bed and I said lets go to the utility room.  Leonard was watching out the patio door.  It just sounded like a roar," said Speiser.   "I was near a tornado in 1958 and it sounded just like that.  Just a roar and it was gone."  

Speiser says a 17 foot lean to on a large pole barn sustained most of the damage.  "Well there was considerable damage to our large pole barn building which was formerly Sandoval-Shattuc Lumber.  A little bit of damage to the house roof, but nothing serious. Part of the building blew into our pickup truck and damaged it on one side," said Speiser.

Speiser says much of the metal blew into a field on the neighboring Leon Ostradka property, with one piece ending up tangled in the power lines.   

A resident who lives south of Sandoval, Marilyn Jose of 32-20 Old U.S. 51, was asleep when she heard the roar of what sounded like a tornado.  She reports a large tree in her yard south of the Colonial Golf Course was knocked down.  Jose reported her roof also sustained some minor damage.   

There was a tornado warning out for Clinton County that had just been lifted after the National Weather Service reported the storm had weakened.   The Clinton County Sheriff's Department did not receive any damage reports.  Earlier, the storm left parts of Scott Air Force Base near Mascoutah, about 25 miles east of St. Louis, without power. 

 

There was a tornado warning out for Clinton County that had just been lifted after the National Weather Service reported the storm had weakened.   The Clinton County Sheriff's Department did not receive any damage reports.  Earlier, the storm left parts of Scott Air Force Base near Mascoutah, about 25 miles east of St. Louis, without power. 

 

The National Weather Service has confirmed a weak tornado in University City, Missouri, just west of St. Louis.   Meteorologist Jayson Gosselin says the tornado struck at 5:23 a.m.  The EF1 tornado had a path about a half mile long, with winds of up to 110 mph. No one was hurt, but about 100 homes were damaged. 

 

The system also carried heavy rain - up to 5 inches in parts of Missouri, prompting flash flooding that damaged dozens of homes and forced at least two water rescues.  In the local area, the Salem Water Plant has recorded 1.73 inches of rain from seven Wednesday morning through noon on Thursday.  Centralia Water Plant has recorded 1.11 inches from seven Wednesday morning through ten Thursday morning.   The Alma Weather Station had 1.47 inches of rain on Wednesday through seven Thursday morning.

 

Forecasters say the unsettled weather could spur other tornadoes and thunderstorms from Oklahoma through Indiana and as far south as Louisiana and Mississippi.

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