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NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit Carthage - KOAM TV 7

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hits Carthage, EF-0 hits near Golden City

The National Weather Service now says an EF-0 tornado touched down in Barton County, Missouri near Golden City early this morning.  Most of the damage was minor and no deaths have been reported.

A National Weather Service survey team says a small EF-1 tornado hit Carthage just after midnight early Monday morning.  The tornado left crews with a mess to clean up this morning.

Some areas of Carthage had no damage at all, while others did not get so lucky.  City crews were out in full force this morning after the storm passed through Jasper County just after midnight.

Streets like East Fairview Avenue were temporarily closed as crews worked to remove trees.  One of the hardest hit areas was Palamino Street, where strong winds knocked out power and trees into homes.

"We've had a lot of rain, so the ground is very moist, so these trees, the ground is so saturated so it doesn't take a lot to push these trees over," says Carthage Fire Chief Chris Thompson.  "So you can't really judge that right now whether it was straight line winds or tornado damage.  We do have a call into the National Weather service so they'll be the judgement on what it was, was it a tornado or straight line winds?"

Again, since our interview with Chief Thompson, the National Weather Service has confirmed that a small EF-1 tornado did go through Carthage.

Trees were uprooted along River Street, causing extensive damage to homes.  Jodie Romero and her family live on the street and they woke up this morning to an unexpected surprise.

"It was crazy, we don't remember really waking up," says Romero.  "It was all chaotic.  We woke up to it.  We went to search for the kids, make sure they were okay.  We didn't know it hit our house, we had no clue."

Romero's insurance adjuster was arriving to take a look at the damage.  Romero says she has lived in Carthage for nearly six years and doesn't plan on leaving.

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