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Deadly Tornado Hits Southwest Missouri

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A tornado touched down in Southwest Missouri Saturday, killing 15 and injuring hundreds. KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with a National Weather Service meteorologist about the storms.

Meteorologist Steve Lindenberg with the National Weather Service office in Springfield says there were multiple tornadoes Saturday. But it was ONE tornado that caused the deaths and injuries in Southwest Missouri.

"The main one, it tracked from Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma across Newton County and into Barry County. I think there was another small tornado up in Jasper County, but there was one main tornado, and it was a fairly long-track tornado."

According to Lindenberg, the tornado, at the maximum, was an EF4. He describes the events that led up to the deadly tornado in Southwest Missouri.

"There was a very strong low pressure system, and moisture returned out ahead of that, and during the day we had a pretty large thermal cap that kind of held things from developing, and usually when that happens, if the cap breaks during the day, things develop very rapidly and quickly become severe. That's kind of what happened with this system. We also had quite a bit of sheer in the area that day, and it led to large hail and tornadic development."

There's a chance for storms late tomorrow into tomorrow night. Those storms could produce large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Lindenberg says Saturday's storms should wak people up to the fact that they need to know what to do if a tornado warning is issued.