Residents begin surveying damage as tornadoes confirmed near Wheaton, Purdy, Miller

Friends and family help with initial efforts Wednesday with tornado damage on the Hughes family property on the south outskirts of Wheaton. There were multiple buildings, including a home and several businesses, on the property, and all were destroyed. GLOBE | ROGER NOMER

The National Weather Service station in Springfield continues to confirm tornadoes that touched down across Southwest Missouri earlier this week, bringing the total number so far to 11.

A string of strong thunderstorms, including supercells and a squall line, produced reports of suspected tornadoes Tuesday and prompted dozens of tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings across Southwest Missouri and the Missouri Ozarks, according to the weather service.

According to the station's survey reports, which are still preliminary, confirmed tornadoes from Tuesday's storm system are:

• An EF2 tornado that tracked from 2 miles north of Ozark to 5 miles northwest of Rogersville, carving a path that was 400 yards wide and 10 miles long. It was on the ground for 12 minutes and had estimated maximum wind gusts of 134 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that touched down about 2 miles southwest of Miller, staying on the ground for about 12 minutes. Its path was about 100 yards wide and 4 miles long. Its maximum wind gusts were estimated to be 95 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that touched down for 2 minutes approximately 6 miles northwest of Miller. Its path was 50 yards wide and less than a mile long. Maximum wind gusts were 95 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that touched down about 5 miles southwest of Rocky Comfort and tracked to about 5 miles northeast of Wheaton. It was on the ground for 22 minutes, carving a path nearly 900 yards wide and 12 miles long. Its maximum wind gusts were 110 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that tracked from 4 miles northeast of Willard to 5 miles northeast of Willard. It was on the ground for two minutes; its path was 200 yards wide and 2 miles long. Maximum wind gusts were estimated at 100 mph. A swath of 60 mph to 70 mph straight-line winds was noted just south of the tornado track.

• An EF1 tornado that tracked from 2 miles northwest of Willard to 2 miles north of Willard, with a path width of 200 yards and a path length of 2 miles. It was on the ground for two minutes. Maximum wind gusts were 100 mph. A swath of 60 mph to 70 mph straight-line winds was noted just south of the tornado track.

• An EF1 tornado that tracked from a mile southwest of Eudora to a mile southeast of Eudora. It was on the ground for two minutes and traced a path 100 yards wide and 2 miles long. Maximum wind gusts were estimated at 100 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that touched down a mile northeast of Galena and was on the ground for 18 minutes before lifting 6 miles southwest of Chadwick. Its path was 100 yards wide and 18.2 miles long. Its maximum wind gusts were 95 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that touched down 4 miles east of Protem and lifted 8 minutes later about 5 miles northwest of Theodosia. Its path was 5.4 miles long, and its maximum wind gusts were 100 mph.

• An EF1 tornado that tracked from 4 miles southwest of Squires to 5 miles northeast of Squires. Its path was 9 miles long, and its maximum wind gusts were 107 mph.

• An EF0 tornado that touched down about 5 miles northeast of Purdy near Pleasant Ridge. It was on the ground for 10 minutes, and its path was 200 yards wide and 5 miles long. Its maximum wind gusts were estimated to be 85 mph.

This story was updated at 8:30 a.m. Friday with the most recent reports from the National Weather Service.

Emily Younker is the assistant metro editor at the Joplin Globe. Contact: eyounker AT joplinglobe DOT com.

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