October Tornado Damage In Union County
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
October 05, 2013 4:33 PM
The National Weather Service has confirmed that three separate tornadoes touched down in Union county on Friday night around 7 p.m.
One touched down one mile southeast of Jefferson, and the second crossed the Missouri River in both Dakota and Union Counties. The third hit near a cattle feedlot on I-29 just south of Jefferson. All were EF1 tornadoes.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported in Union County. However, residents were not exactly prepared for a tornado in the first week of October.
"It's a real strange phenomena," said Jefferson resident, Dale Parker.
As one side of the state trudges through more than four feet of snow, the other side is recovering from a tornado.
"It's like my son said dad all you need now is an earthquake," said Parker.
Dale Parker was enjoying his Friday night at a local theater when the tornado hit. But the real show was taking place right outside his front door.
"One of the big trees got twisted around so much that it landed, flew north, and it landed in our bedroom," said Parker.
Dale's punctured roof is just an example of the damage done in the Jefferson community of Wynstone. He estimates nearly 70 percent of the homes in the area experienced some level of damage from the 100 MPH winds.
"If you look around, you'll see the trees laying down in the background. So it was quite forceful," said Parker.
However, some Wynstone homes escaped the storm with nothing more than broken tree branches.
"We figured we were going to see daylight when we walked up the steps. That the damage was going to be great enough, and the wind and the sound was great enough. We felt extremely lucky when we saw that the house was intact," said resident Mark Andhony.
Mark and his family say the sound of the storm was enough for them to assume the worst.
"It was just a constant roar for what seemed like five to ten minutes," said Andhony.
Now that the dust has settled, Wynstone residents spend their Saturday pitching in, and cleaning up.
"All the relatives, friends, neighbors, it's been a combined effort," said Parker.
A combined effort that should have the Wynstone community back to normal in no time.