by Gene Hartley
1:21 PM CST, January 30, 2013
GERSTER, Mo. -- A National Weather Service survey team says wind damage in southeastern St. Clair County and northeastern Cedar County on Tuesday came from two tornadoes. Both were rated as EF-1 tornadoes.
The first tornado was about 11 a.m. two miles south southeast of Cedar Springs near the community of Hackleman Corner. It blew half a roof off a house, uprooted several trees, and damaged outbuildings and other structures.
It touched down near Missouri 39. Its path was two miles long and 200 yards wide. Surveyors estimate its winds were around 90 miles per hour, and it was on the ground for about three minutes.
The second tornado uprooted some trees and destroyed two barns and outbuildings, which weren't visible from the highway. It touched down about 11:20 a.m. about four miles north-northeast of Gerster, or about five miles southwest of Quincy near Highway TT. The survey team estimated winds were 90 to 100 miles per hour.
The survey of the second tornado was ongoing on Wednesday, and the National Weather Service didn’t have information about its width or length of the path.
Tornadoes are rated on a scale of EF-0 to EF-5, with EF-0 being the weakest and EF-5 being the strongest. The tornado in Joplin in May 2011 was an EF-5.
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