Tornado confirmed early Friday morning in Camden County
CAMDEN COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Springfield confirmed a tornado touched down in Camden County early Friday morning, July 20, 2018.
At 4:32am, a brief ‘spin-up’ tornado occurred 4 miles SE of Barnumton, a town west of Camdenton. The tornado produced an estimated 80mph winds, and ran a path just over a tenth of a mile long and up to 75 yards wide.
According to the NWS report, the tornadic damage occurred within a larger area of straight-line winds that uprooted several trees and knocked over power lines.
This storm also caused other significant wind damage in the area, including flipping over two lakeside docks, flipping a carport and blowing the roof off a covered deck. Winds at the time of the damage of the other straight line wind reports were estimated around 60 to 90 mph by the Springfield Doppler radar.
Tornadoes are rather uncommon during the summer in central Missouri, but are possible and often occur during thunderstorms associated with frontal systems. Frontal systems provide wind shear, which is an atmospheric ingredient that aids in the capability for supercell thunderstorms to produce tornadoes.