The severe storm that roared through the Ozarks on Friday night brought three confirmed tornadoes according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS says an EF-1 tornado touched down just east of the Springfield city limits and moved northeast in a line until it ended north of Strafford. The twister had estimated top winds of 98 m.p.h. and was on the ground for approximately seven miles and 11 minutes. Researchers say the maximum width of the tornado was 75 yards, or 3/4 of a football field. It was the weakest of the three tornadoes confirmed by the NWS.
The strongest was an EF-1 that touched down southwest of Fair Play that moved just to the west of the town before breaking up near Dunnegan. The twister had estimated top winds of 110 m.p.h. and was 50 yards wide, moving on the ground for about 8.8 miles and 14 minutes. The top winds of an EF-1 tornado is 110 m.p.h., so the tornado was very close to EF-2 status. The tornado destroyed a manufactured home shortly after touching down and destroyed a number of outbuildings along its damage path.
The third tornado was an EF-1 in a rural area of Hickory County near Cross Timbers. The tornado was only on the ground for three minutes and about 1.6 miles; it had estimated peak winds of 100 m.p.h. and was the width of a football field. One outbuilding was completely destroyed and two homes suffered minor roof damage.