NWS: Monroe County hit by 2 tornadoes

The National Weather Service reports that two one-mile-long tornadoes touched down in Monroe County around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, resulting in minor damage. No injuries were reported.

Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Ryan Weber said the NWS on Sunday investigated areas affected by possible tornadic activity and came to the conclusion that there were two tornadoes in the county. The first was an EF 0 tornado in Fults with wind speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour and measuring one mile long.

The second tornado confirmed by NWS hit near Ames and was also an EF 0 tornado with wind speeds of 80 miles per hour and measuring one mile in length.

Two homes were damaged in Fults. There was roof damage to a home with a tree and some power lines downed. One of the homes damaged was that of retired Monroe County Treasurer Merrill Prange on Church Street.

The Randolph County EMA reported multiple funnel cloud sightings early Saturday evening but no tornado touchdowns or damage reported in their county, according to the North County News. The Hecker Fire Department was alerted to a funnel cloud spotted on LL Road just north of Red Bud.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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