North Missouri grapples with severe weather on Saturday

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Severe weather swept through the region on Saturday afternoon and night, prompting tornado, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and flood warnings.

According to the National Weather Service, emergency management officials reported a tornado approximately three miles southeast of Gentry in Gentry County, which stripped a metal roof from a residence. Debris included metal lodged in trees and substantial tree limbs, four to six inches in diameter, brought down. The incident was time-stamped at approximately 4:13 p.m., based on radar data.

Shortly thereafter, at 4:19 p.m., law enforcement observed a tornado crossing Highway 169 in Gentry County. Earlier, at 4:08 p.m., a utility company reported outages and downed power lines three miles west of Worth in Worth County, attributing the damage to thunderstorm winds.

Nearby in Nodaway County, at around 4:04 p.m., the public reported a lightning strike at Ravenwood that ignited a church steeple. Prior to this, broadcast media noted one-inch hail one-mile south-southwest of Ravenwood.

In Linn County, a trained spotter reported a brief tornado touchdown two miles east of Laclede at around 6:40 p.m. In Harrison County, shortly after 5 p.m., public reports included hailstones measuring 1.25 inches in diameter one-mile southwest of Bethany, 1.5 inches one mile east of Bethany, and one inch five miles east of Bethany.

Emergency management in Grundy County reported one-inch hail one-mile north-northeast of Spickard at 5:41 p.m. and three miles east-southeast of Trenton at 6:02 p.m. Law enforcement reported one-inch hail near Osgood at approximately 6:34 p.m.

Flooding late Saturday night in Linn County led to the closure of Highway 130 four miles southwest of Laclede, Highway 11 two miles south of Brookfield, and Route C at West Yellow Creek seven miles west of New Boston. Additionally, in Adair County, Route E along Bear Creek, two miles south of Gibbs was closed due to flooding.

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