July 31, 2008

Severe Storms Pack More Bark Than Bite in Scotland County

All things considered, Scotland County weathered yet another severe storm system fairly well.

A pair of thunderstorm cells ripped across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa on Sunday evening and early Monday morning, July 27 and 28.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for western Illinois and northeast Missouri on Sunday at 5:25 p.m.

The watch was in place until 1:00 a.m. the following morning, warning area residents of the possibility of winds in excess of 80 mph as well as large hail and dangerous lightning.

Scotland County took the brunt of the minor damage reported via the high winds. Downed tree limbs were blamed for a number of short power outages in the City of Memphis beginning at around 7:00 p.m.

City Light Crew Superintendent Dave Kittle stated that a downed tree limb at the intersection of Rex and Madison Streets took down a primary supply line, causing one of the larger outages.

We had tree limbs in the lines at several different places throughout the storm, Kittle said. But once the main problem was resolved, the remainder of the trouble spots were primarily much smaller outages, with several outages affecting only one or two residences at a time.

Kittle stated emergency crews worked on restoring power until 12:15 a.m. A transformer issue was reported at 1:30 a.m. brought the crew back out for a short period of time.

The Scotland County Sheriffs Department reported no major storm damage in the county. A number of reports were received regarding downed trees, and minor roof damage to outbuildings. The Dollar General Store in Memphis had the most visible results from the storm, as the high winds downed portions of the storefront.

The NWS indicated the storm cell was created by severe thunderstorms in southern Iowa, which were traveling east and colliding with cooler air masses on the Mississippi River in Missouri and Illinois.

Approximately two inches of rain fell on Scotland County during the storm. The region had avoided the enormous precipitation amounts recorded in northeast Missouri just days earlier. Adair County reported 12.15 inches of rain on Thursday, July 24. Scotland County recorded 1.15 inches of rain during that storm.

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