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Southridge Tornado Damage
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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