A strong storm system barreled through Southwest Missouri on Tuesday evening producing severe thunderstorms and a few supercells with tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail. The National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri says an EF-2 tornado hit the town of Goodman in McDonald County, Missouri causing significant damage to homes and businesses including Goodman Elementary School. The tornado touched down at about 6:48 p.m. It traveled 15 miles into southern Newton County to the southeast of Neosho with estimated peak winds of 120 m.p.h. and a maximum width of 300 yards. Thankfully no injuries or deaths were reported. Fortunately the school in Goodman had already closed for the day.
Southwest Missouri Regional Skywarn Net Control Operator Jim, N0UAM, was on the air when the Goodman tornado was confirmed by law enforcement.
Meanwhile, several of our trained spotters were in position from Goodman up through Neosho as they reported what they saw during and after as the tornado moved through the area.
A second tornado, an EF-1, briefly touched down two miles south of the town of Washburn, Missouri in Barry County destroying a chicken farm and snapping numerous trees. This tornado had estimated peak winds of 95 miles per hour and a maximum width of 200 yards as it traveled for about 1 1/2 miles. No injuries or deaths were reported with this event as well.
More information about the April 4, 2017 Goodman, Missouri Tornado and other severe weather reports related to this event from the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri including maps and updates can be found by clicking here.