It set down the second time in the middle of a practice filed behind and west of R. H. Watkins High School. “It dug a hole in the center of the field, hit the west wall of the school building and caused an estimated $600,000 to $700,000 in damages.”
This EF-3 tornado began across rural east central Greene County near Strafford at 6:29pm CT. It ended over an hour later in Laclede County, east of Abo. Along this 50+ mile track, over 50 homes were damaged/destroyed.
1200 homes and businesses sustained varying degrees of damage. 101 of the 1200 were totally destroyed and 573 sustained major damage. Heavy damage occurred to Apollo High School, Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Winn-Dixie. Numerous automobiles were tossed.