Tornado confirmed in Washburn area

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Chicken houses destroyed, but no one injured

The National Weather Service has surveyed the damage after a Tuesday night storm near Washburn, confirming a twister touched down in the area.

According to the service, at about 7:56 p.m., an EF-1 tornado, with a path 1.5 miles long and 200 yards wide, briefly touched down about two miles south of Washburn near Farm Roads 1055 and 2265, three miles northwest of Seligman.

Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, said several power poles and lines were downed, three unused poultry houses were destroyed, three or four home had damage to property (cars and boats ) outside and one home had a hole in the roof. Despite the damage, Henry said there were no injuries.

"We had a medical call for chest pains and anxiety, but that person was treated at the scene," he said. "He said he was in his doorway looking at the storm and his wife had to grab ahold of him because he we being sucked out the door. Another person said the same thing, that he had to hold on to his door because the pressure was about to suck him out of the house."

Henry, who was at the scene on Tuesday night and returned Wednesday morning, said downed trees and power lines were causing some access issues.

"People don't give their rural fire departments enough credit because they were cutting trees as fast as they could to get to that medical call, and they had to be careful because power lines were down," Henry said. "You step in the wrong mud puddle, you were going to get zapped. But, you still have to go forward."

Further north in the same storm, Purdy reportedly received quarter-sized hail, and a funnel cloud was spotted 10 miles west of Monett.

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