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Storms destroy Cape County home, down trees, dump rain

Jan 30, 2013 -- 10:01am

 

Southeast Missourian contributed to this story

A home was destroyed and several others damaged by high winds and heavy rain.  Cape Girardeau County emergency management said a home at Delta was destroyed by high winds just after 9 pm. The National Weather Service in Paducah logged damage across the area and .81 inches of rain in a half-hour at Poplar Bluff. According to preliminary storm reports, law enforcement in Ripley County reported a porch roof was ripped off a home and 15 trees were knocked down 6 miles northeast of Doniphan in Ripley County at about 8 pm.  Also in Poplar Bluff two mobile homes were blown off their foundations.
The storms touched off severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings as they moved through, but no tornadoes touched down, according to early reports. A funnel cloud was sighted 8 miles east of Dexter in central Stoddard County. Another was reported near exit 99 off Interstate 55 by a trained spotter just before 9:30 pm. Many trees were downed in Wayne County near Wappapello. A semi-truck and its trailer were blown over from straight-line winds along Highway 25 in Cape Girardeau County. Cape Girardeau County emergency management also reported trees down blocking parts of Highway 25, Route W, the intersection of county roads 316 and 324 and LaSalle Avenue. Power lines were reported down and debris on some rooftops in Delta. Power lines were reported down across New Madrid by law enforcement and power outages were reported in Sikeston. Wind gusts of up to 60 to 70 mph were reported in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. An unoccupied mobile home was blown over in New Madrid County at Lilbourn. More than 400 Ameren Missouri customers were without power in the Cape Girardeau area at 10:30 p according to the utility's website.

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