(photo taken by Jim and Lois Curtis)
Between 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, a landspout tornado touched down in the Laddonia/Farber area.
The tornado siren went off in the City of Vandalia, Laddonia, and Farber soon after the funnel was spotted in the area. This happened around 6:20 p.m. in Vandalia.
Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw said on the agency’s Facebook page that the EverBridge Notification System was not activated due to there being no tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service in St. Louis for the storm.
The decision to sound the sirens reportedly came from 9-1-1 officials.
Since the landspount tornado doesn’t contain a mesocyclone, the short lived and weak funnel was not detected by Dopplar Radar. Area residents posted photos and videos of the strange occurrence on social media.
Several photos and a video showed the tornado moving west and touching down in the area of Basinger Corner, which is the intersection of Highway 54 and Highway 19.
The lone damage reported as of press time involved a machine shed owned by the Pound family. The landspout tornado pealed chunks of the roof away from where it was fastened.
The National Weather Service was going to send a survey team to Audrain County but later chose not to due to the photographic and video evidence received in the aftermath of the storm.
See several photos and videos on our Facebook page, The Vandalia Leader, or by clicking https://www.facebook.com/The-Vandalia-Leader-273407692673376/