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EF-1 Tornado Touched Down Monday Night in Jefferson County

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HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (KMOX) – The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down last night near House Springs in Jefferson County, Missouri.

On a scale that starts at zero and goes up to five, an EF-1 is still considered a relatively weak tornado, but “it’s still nothing that you should ignore,” says meteorologist Jim Kramper.

At least one business sustained roof damage and trees were down, he says, but the good news is no injuries were reported. Thousands in the St. Louis area lost power because of the severe thunderstorms.

“We did have a tornado warning out luckily for it, so, hopefully we caught this one in time,” Kramper says.

The twister touched down around 10:50 last night, he says, and the wind speed was likely around 100 miles per hour.

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