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Several small tornadoes confirmed in our area during Thursday evening's storms

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After damage assessments over the weekend, it has been confirmed that several small tornadoes touched down in our area during Thursday evening's storms.

The National Weather Service in Springfield has confirmed six tornado touchdowns that night.

Some of the closest in our area include EF-0 tornadoes briefly on the ground in Cherokee County north of Hallowell, southwest of Golden City, and in the Webb City area.

"The damage that I heard of was a few outbuildings, maybe a roof or two, mainly trees and, of course, as associated with that, a lot of flooding and a lot of hail damage as well," said Keith Stammer, director of Joplin/ Jasper County Emergency Management.

There was also a confirmed EF-1 tornado on the ground in Ottawa County near Afton, OK, damaging a few ranch buildings.

"It just missed the town of Afton, and that would have made the damage total there a lot worse," said Joe Dan Morgan, director of Ottawa County Emergency Management. "I'm just pleased that everybody took the severe storms seriously, and it saved lives in this instance."

The only location where an EF-0 tornado touched down in the Webb City area was just outside a home off County Road 200.

A good example, Stammer says, of the importance of homeowners insurance.

Jasper County averages 25 watches a year, 17 for severe thunderstorms and eight for tornadoes.

Most tornadoes that do touch down are in the EF-0 to EF-3 range.

Stammer says last week's small tornadoes are a good reminder to be prepared.

"We are averaging about 10 minutes from the time that a warning is declared by the National Weather Service to when we have an actual touchdown," Stammer said. "10 minutes is not enough time to do anything except shelter where you are."

The confirmed tornadoes in our area ranged between 60 and 110 mph winds, averaging around 100 yards in width.
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