Thur. Morning Twisters, Wind Confirmed in Scott Co.

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The National Weather Service storm survey team visited Scott County on Thursday to inspect damage they confirmed to be caused by two tornadoes.

The tornadoes were spawned by a thunderstorm that moved through Scott County just after 3 am Thursday.

The first tornado touched down about five and a half miles northeast of Morton. It cut a 400 yard path (four football fields) that was five and a half miles long. Maximum were estimated at 100 mph, which is EF-1 intensity.

The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down in the Bienville National Forest and crossed Federal Road 508A, snapping and uprooting trees and continuing to do so northeast of toward Clifton Road. In addition, several power lines were downed by the tornado and the tornado lifted near Hillsboro-Ludlow Road. Fences were also damaged, and this tornado destroyed a carport near Hillsboro.

The second twister, also an EF-1 with 100 mph winds, touched down five miles west-southwest of Hillsboro. This tornado was on the ground for just over a mile and cut a path 250 yards wide and was spawned by the same severe thunderstorm that produced the previous tornado near Morton. It started near Clifton road and snapped or uprooted several trees.

In addition, other damage in Scott County was likely caused by straight-line winds. This damage was mainly downed trees and power lines.

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