EF-1 tornado confirmed in east Barry County

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

National Weather Service still investigating damage near Purdy

Storms, including a confirmed tornado, rolled through Barry County on Wednesday, leaving a trail of various sizes of hail and damage to outbuildings in the Purdy area.

The National Weather Service in Springfield on Friday confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck far east Barry County and traveled into Stone County. The storm path was five miles northwest of Eagle Rock to three miles south of Hurley. It uprooted hardwood trees, removed shingles from a singe-wide mobile home and destroyed some outbuildings.

That storm cell developed south of Roaring River State Park, leading to a tornado warning lasting about 30 minutes as it traveled through the park and northeast through Jenkins and toward Crane.

In central Barry County, another storm caused damage in the Stones Prairie area northwest of Purdy.

"It looks like one barn is gone, one garage is gone, there is damage to two carports, a few are trees down and a few trampolines were wrapped around or torn up," said Nick Mercer, Purdy Fire Protection District chief.

The Weather Service said Friday the storm damage is still being investigated for a possible tornado declaration.

Hail throughout the county varied from dime-sized to golf ball-sized, from Seligman up to northeast Barry County toward Verona.

The storm led to a tornado warning for radar-indicated rotation, activity which dissipated after the storm moved north of Highway 60 and into Lawrence County.

Damage reports via the Weather Service included a large tree down on Highway 76 northwest of Shell Knob, which was blocking traffic; hail ranging from 1 inch in Monett to 2 inches in Eagle Rock and Wheelerville, the latter being described as “hen egg-sized” hail; and significant damage to a barn and garage, as well as a trampoline reportedly impaling a home northwest of Purdy.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: