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Southridge Tornado

November 9, 1998, Columbia, Missouri

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National Weather Service Statement

						ABUS34 KSTL 122120
						PNSSTL

						PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...RETRANSMITTED
						NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
						315 PM CDT THU NOV 12 1998

						...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS OVER SOUTHEAST PART OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA
						MISSOURI...EARLY TUESDAY MORNING...NOVEMBER 10 1998...

						THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A DETAILED SURVEY IN THE SOUTH
						RIDGE SUBDIVISION OVER THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA.
						ONE PREDOMINANT TORNADO DAMAGE TRACK..HAVING AN OVERALL PATH OF 3/4
						MILE IN LENGTH WAS OBSERVED. TWO SMALL SHEAR VORTICES FORMED ON THE
						RIGHT SIDE (SOUTHEAST SIDE) OF THE PARENT TORNADIC CIRCULATION DURING
						THE TORNADO/S EARLY STAGES.

						THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ON LARKSPUR COURT (FAR SOUTHWEST SIDE OF
						SOUTH RIDGE SUBDIVISION) AROUND 200 AM CST. FOUR OF THE FIVE HOMES IN
						THIS COURT EXPERIENCED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE..ROOFS OF EACH STRUCTURE
						WERE COMPLETELY UPLIFTED. THE SIDES OF THREE HOMES ALSO SUSTAINED
						CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. THE WIDTH OF THE DAMAGE AREA AT THIS TIME WAS
						30 YARDS AND THE TORNADO WAS RATED F2 AT THIS TIME. THE TORNADO MOVED
						NORTH-NORTHEAST AND CROSSED CHURCHILL STREET. TWO ADDITIONAL HOMES
						SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE..THE UPPER HALF OF A TWO STORY HOME
						WAS NEARLY DESTROYED. AT THIS SAME TIME A SHEAR VORTEX FORMED NEAR
						THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE PARENT TORNADO AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO A
						HOME ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF CHURCHILL AND LUPINE. DEBRIS LAID
						NORTH-NORTHWEST AS THE SHEAR VORTEX MERGED WITH THE PARENT TORNADO.

						BETWEEN CHURCHILL AND SARATOGA DRIVES...SEVERAL HOMES ON LUPINE DRIVE
						SUSTAINED VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE WITH THE GREATEST DAMAGE OBSERVED
						ON ONE HOME ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SARATOGA AND LUPINE DRIVES.
						THE UPPER LEVEL OF A TWO STORY HOME WAS NEARLY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO
						WAS RATED F2 OVER THIS AREA.

						THE TORNADO SLIGHTLY INTENSIFIED..REACHING THE LOWER END OF F3 DAMAGE
						WHERE ONE RANCH HOME WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF
						SARATOGA AND LUPINE STREETS. OTHER NEARBY HOMES SUSTAINED SEVERE ROOF
						AND EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE IN THE VICINITY OF THIS HOME. ADDITIONAL SIGNS
						OF A TORNADO WERE OBSERVED WHERE LARGE TREES AND CORNER ROAD SIGNS LAID
						IN A CONVERGENT-LIKE PATTERN. THE ROOFS OF FOUR HOMES ON THE WEST SIDE
						OF PRESCOTT DRIVE (NORTH OF SARATOGA DRIVE) WERE COMPLETELY UPLIFTED.
						THIS DAMAGE WAS ASSOCIATED THE SECOND SHEAR VORTEX WHICH GRADUALLY
						MERGED WITH THE PARENT TORNADIC VORTEX.
						.
						THE PARENT TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRAVEL ALONG AND NORTH OF LUPINE DRIVE
						ARCING MORE NORTHEASTWARD. IT CROSSED BALMORAL AND CALIENTE COURTS
						AND HIALEAH DRIVE. OVER 15 HOMES SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE..SOME
						LOSING PARTS OR ALL OF THEIR ROOFS. DAMAGE TO ONE OR MORE EXTERIOR
						WALLS OF EACH OF THESE HOMES WAS ALSO NOTED. SEVERAL 2 BY 4/S SPEARED
						THROUGH THE ROOFS OF THREE HOMES ON HIALEAH DRIVE. THE WIDTH OF THE
						DAMAGE TRACK WAS APPROXIMATELY 50 YARDS.

						THE TORNADO MOVED THROUGH SOLANO COURT (JUST OFF BEARFIELD ROAD). FOUR
						HOMES SUSTAINED VARING DEGREES OF DAMAGE INCLUDE PARTIAL OR COMPLETE
						ROOF DAMAGE AND DAMAGE TO THE SIDES OF EACH HOME. AGAIN THE TORNADO WAS
						RATED F2 INTENSITY AT THIS LOCATION.

						THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD..CROSSING BEARFIELD ROAD
						AND CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO SEVEN LARGE HOMES ON LEMESA DRIVE.
						HALF OF THE SECOND STORY OF THREE HOMES WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED. IT IS
						ALSO INTERESTING TO POINT OUT THAT EXTERIOR WALLS OF THE OUTER TWO
						HOMES WERE DRAWN IN TOWARDS THE CENTER OF THE TORNADO CENTER AXIS. THE
						TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE RAPIDLY NORTHEAST CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE
						TO SEVEN DUPLEXES. THE SECOND LEVEL OF THREE OF THE TWO-STORY DUPLEXES
						WERE PARTIALLY REMOVED WITH DEBRIS EXTENDING TO THE NORTHEAST. THE
						TORNADO WAS RATED F2 INTENSITY ACROSS THIS AREA. THE TORNADO LIFTED
						AND CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE NEAR PONDEROSA STREET. THE WIDTH OF THE
						TORNADO TRACK OVER THIS AREA WAS APPROXIMATELY 40 YARDS.

						ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS REPORTED BY THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT IN
						LEMONE INDUSTRIAL PARK (EAST OF ROUTE 63) AND A SECOND SUBDIVISION
						NORTHEAST OF THE INDUSTRIAL PARK.

						ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TORNADIC DAMAGE WILL BE FORTH-COMING
						IN UPDATED PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS.

						FUJITA DAMAGE SCALE
						F0 INTENSITY -  40 - 72 MPH
						F1 INTENSITY -  73 -112 MPH
						F2 INTENSITY -  113-157 MPH
						F3 INTENSITY -  158-206 MPH
						F4 INTENSITY -  207-260 MPH
						F5 INTENSITY -  261-318 MPH

						RON PRZYBYLINSKI
						NWS ST. LOUIS   11/11/98
					
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