May 27, 2004

Area Suffers First Severe Storm Of Ď04

On May 24, Scotland County got its first batch of severe weather for 2004 but local residents escaped fairly unscathed. Severe weather struck much of northeast Missouri, southeast Iowa and central Illinois on Monday.

Fortunately for local residents the severest weather passed to the south of the region, hitting the Highway 36 corridor the hardest. Brookfield and Macon reported wind and storm damage as did Shelby County and parts of Marion County.

More severe weather also struck west of this region, as Putnam County was one of the first regions to be under a tornado watch as the weather commenced at around 5:00 p.m.

At 5:45 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for 26 counties in north Missouri, including Scotland County. The watch lasted until 11:00 p.m. The situation elevated to a tornado warning, meaning conditions were ripe for such a storm to develop, in Clark County between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. A tornado warning also was issued to the north, in Davis County from 8:53 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

In Scotland County, emergency service volunteers were called into action at 7:30 p.m. Members of the Scotland County fire department and other storm spotters took to the county roads to watch for incoming weather. The volunteers manned the sites until approximately 10:30 p.m.

The bulk of the storm front hit Memphis at around 9:00 p.m. but was limited to heavy rains and lightning. The NWS did issue a flood warning for the region at 9:21 p.m. Clark and Scotland counties in Missouri, and Van Buren and Lee counties in Iowa, and Hancock County in Illinois were under a Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory until 1:15 a.m.

The MWS radar indicated anywhere from two to three inches of rain fell across Scotland County during the storm. Again the heavy rains were south of the region where as much as six to seven inches of precipitation was reported in Macon, Shelby and Linn counties.

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