Laclede County participating in statewide tornado drill

Randy Rowe

Randy Rowe


One week after Laclede County experienced its first tornado of 2017, the county will be participating in a statewide tornado drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Laclede County will sound its storm sirens at 10 a.m. as part of Missouri’s annual statewide tornado drill. Normally the county tests its sirens on the second Wednesday of every month, but this month it will test them one day earlier in order to take part in the drill.
Laclede County has already experienced damage from one tornado this season. According to Laclede County Office of Emergency Management Executive Director Randy Rowe, an EF1 tornado touched down on Foxtail Road between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Rowe said that the tornado affected five properties in the immediate area. It destroyed the roof of a house on Foxtail Road and damaged some mobile homes by peeling metal off their sides and breaking their windows. One mobile home had partial roof damage, and the storm also caused “a lot” of tree damage, Rowe said.
According to Rowe, four residents were home at the time of the tornado, but no one was hurt.
“It was really a bad, unique situation,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”
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