EF-2 tornado hits Dexter, leaving at least 150 homes damaged, Missouri


An EF-2 tornado touched down on the west side of Dexter, Missouri on July 10, 2021, and moved through the city. This is the first EF-2 or stronger tornado in the month of July since 1971 across all 58 Paducah NWS forecast areas.

At least 150 homes were damaged, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) preliminary survey results.

One of them sustained major loss of roof decking and 6 or fewer had major damage mainly due to fallen trees. Most of the damage was the loss of shingles, facia, and siding.

Several mobile homes were badly damaged or destroyed and one mobile home was flipped on its roof.

Several garages were blown from their foundation and at least three large buildings sustained major damage, including at least three with major loss of roof structures.

A hospital sustained major damage with several windows blown in, ceiling panels blown down, and one attached structure blown away from the hospital.

Several vehicles at the hospital had their windows blown out or were otherwise damaged from flying debris.

The twister snapped or uprooted hundreds of trees.

The tornado touched down at 20:18 CDT on July 10 (01:18 UTC, July 11), 4 km (2.5 miles) WNW of downtown Dexter and ended at 20:29 CDT, 4.8 km (3 miles) E of downtown Dexter.

Its path length is 8.8 km (5.5 miles) and the maximum path width of 180 m (175 yards).

Dexter tornado path by NWS

Featured image credit: NWS


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