Five people received minor injuries, businesses, homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed and many areas lost power as the first spring storm of the season roared through Laclede County at about midnight.
The five injured people were treated at the Mercy Hospital Lebanon emergency room and released for cuts and bruises, according to a spokesperson with the Laclede County Office of Emergency Management.
At about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Laclede County was placed under a tornado warning, about 15 minutes before the storm actually crossed the Dallas-Laclede county line. However, the early warning was issued because the storm was moving at an estimated speed of about 60 mph, according to Laclede County Office of Emergency Management Director Jonathan Ayres.
As the storm moved from Long Lane to West Missouri 32, a storm spotter reported seeing a funnel cloud.
“We actually think we had two tornadoes. The one in the Long Lane area quickly dissipated, but then another one developed near Phillipsburg and crossed on the south side of Lebanon along East 32. In addition to that, we also had straight line winds,” Ayres said.
Initial reports were from the Bennett Spring State Park area, where 15 unoccupied trailers were overturned at a campground near the Bennett Spring Fire Department on Missouri 64.
There was also a report that two mobile homes on Ivey Lane were destroyed. One of those families went to an emergency shelter at the Mills Center, which was established by the Lebanon Chapter of the American Red Cross. The other family was able to spend the remainder of the night with a friend or relative, according to Beverly Miller, Red Cross director.
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