Storms Cause Heavy Damage to Baring

The storms across northern Missouri Friday night included an EF-2 tornado that destroyed buildings in Baring around 11:30. Knox County Emergency Management Director Bill Whiles describes the damage.

Whiles said about 14 people were displaced, with some completely losing their homes, and others needing repairs. He says two people suffered minor injuries, and first responders were working until around 6 this morning.

He says the Red Cross and Salvation Army are sending volunteers to help with recovery efforts. Residents reported to the Edina Sentinel that the tornado siren did not go off, and emergency personnel reported weather radios did not give any warning about a tornado or severe weather. A number of roads were closed due to flooding in northeast Missouri, including Highways 11 and 149 in several locations in Adair and Knox counties, and also portions of Routes J and E, and many city streets in Kirksville. Also closed were Route PP in Sullivan County, and parts of Route Y and Highway 27 in Clark County. More details can be found on the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

The National Weather Service office in Kansas City confirmed two EF-0 tornadoes in western Missouri Friday night. One touched down near Millville in Ray County shortly after 6, and the other was near Malta Bend in Saline County around 7:15. The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities listed rainfall amounts of 5 to 9 inches, with an unofficial report of 11 inches near Keokuk.