The Goodman Tornado of 4 April 2017

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The Goodman Tornado of 4 April 2017

Postby Greater Granby Cobb & Turpentine » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:04 pm

The Goodman Tornado of 4 April 2017 ... 1&p=23#p23

These are the initial TV news reports from local TV stations KSN-16 and KOAM-7 news from around 6:00-6:30 pm approximately just after the level 2 tornado hit and destroyed the Goodman elementary school and other buildings along the highway.

4 April 2017 6:15-6:45pm CDT


By: Eric Crosswhite
Posted: Apr 04, 2017 11:19 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 04, 2017 11:19 PM CDT[/B]

Goodman, Mo. - A tornado touches down in Mcdonald County damaging several buildings in its path, including a grade school.

Around 6:45 Tuesday night, a tornado formed near Goodman.

The elementary school, a fire station, an apartment building and several homes were damaged. According to Mcdonald County Emergency Management, there were a few reports of minor injuries. The power is out in Goodman and is not expected to reconnect for a day or two. As a result of the storm, the Neosho School District cancelled classes for Wednesday morning. Administrators are meeting at 8 am Wednesday to discuss the future of Goodman Elementary School.

Also, in Anderson, the mayor is asking residents to conserve water until further notice. The storm knocked out power to the water towers. It's unclear when it will be restored.

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Goodman suffers extensive storm damage

Postby jewplin Glob » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:13 pm

Goodman suffers extensive storm damage

No fatalities or major injuries reported



GOODMAN, Mo. — A storm that hit Goodman Tuesday evening caused extensive damage, including to the elementary school and a fire station. Minor damage also was reported at the Neosho airport and near Washburn.

“It appears as though we had a tornado touch down here on the west side of Goodman and pretty much traveled northeast across part of the city. ...So far we have been lucky."

We haven’t had any major injuries or fatalities reported,” said Gregg Sweeten, McDonald County Emergency Management director. “Goodman Fire Department and Goodman Elementary suffered significant damage, as well as numerous other homes and businesses in the town.”

Newton County Sheriff Chris Jennings also said there were no reports of fatalities there.

“They do have two injuries,” he said of reports coming from emergency workers in the Goodman area. Jennings said at 9 p.m. The injuries he has received information on were not serious but that reports were still coming in.

Deana Bunch and her daughter came to Goodman to check on Bunch’s mother and other family members.

“She was in her house. She didn’t have time to get



to the cellar. My sister was with her, at least. She’s 78. She’s shaken, but she’s OK,” Bunch said.

“We’re going to have to take all the barns down. They’re all gone. We’ve got the garage here, the big barn where my dad used to keep all his antique cars before he passed. They’re all gone.

“They had planted trees, 23 trees, one for each grandchild as they were born, and every one of them is wiped out. But Mom’s OK. Sister is OK. Everything else is replaceable.”

On its Facebook page, the school district confirmed that a custodian was in the elementary school when it was hit but took cover and was not injured. Neosho has canceled school across all campuses today.

Brett Day, school board president, confirmed that the elementary school sustained heavy damage and that school officials were planning an emergency meeting late Tuesday night.

Meghan Sprenkle, co-owner of Goodman Tire and Auto, said Tuesday night, “We just barely missed it by probably a quarter of a mile. We were very lucky.”

She said she was watching the news with her husband and heard reports of a tornado and came to Goodman to check on their shop.

“It took off the roof a nearby apartment complex, and there are probably hundreds of people in that complex,” Sprenkle added.

At 9:30 p.m., Sweeten said the first search-and-rescue sweep of the town had been completed and a secondary sweep was underway.

Power lines were down around town as emergency responders were assessing damage.

Sweeten also said an emergency shelter had been set up at the New-Mac Community Room in Anderson because there was residential damage. People were being transported there as needed, and relatives were being asked to go to Anderson, not Goodman.

Neosho Mayor Pro Tem Richard Davidson also said Tuesday night that Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport sustained minor damage and that an aircraft was blown over. Shortly after 8 p.m., Mc-Donald County Emergency Management officials announced that the town of Goodman was closed to anyone who wasn’t local and they were advising folks to stay away.

Empire District Electric Co. also reported that more than 7,700 customers had been affected as of around 9 p.m., most of them in southern Newton and McDonald counties, although smaller isolated outages also are being reported around the region. That number was down to 4,900 by 10 p.m.

“We do have some transmission poles down right now. We are trying to get an assessment,” said Julie Maus, Empire spokesperson.

Megan Terry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, said all the reports received Tuesday night indicate a tornado struck Goodman and that a survey team would be in the community today. She said they also received reports of tree damage in Granby and Neosho, and reports of damage to poultry barns and a residence in the Washburn area in Barry County.
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Re: The Goodman Tornado of 4 April 2017

Postby jewplin Glob » Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:12 am

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