The tornado developed in Junction City. The NWS survey notes the path was continuous for its entire path, which was a total of 24 miles.
Two tornadoes occurred on this day in 1951, both were later rated F2 and both caused damage, some of it extensive in Santa Clara County, CA. One hit in the Sunnyvale area and another in San Jose. The SPC/NCDC databases only include one tornado event on this day.
In the early part of the path, the tornado damaged a home and a couple of sheds. It moved into a neighborhood with new, well-built homes. Five of the homes were severely damaged. Per the survey, some roofs were ripped off, walls were collapsed and a few homes were moved off their foundation. The tornado moved away from this area and onto the Caledonia school complex.
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.”
It developed in Central Pope County, 1 mile SSW of Moreland and tracked to the northeast. The Pope County Office of Emergency Management reported that 42 residential structures had varying degrees of damage.
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.
Six tornadoes were produced during the late afternoon/early evening of January 7, 1989. The most significant tornado of the day hit the small town of Allendale, IL in Wabash County. Per the Storm Data Narrative from January 1989, “much of the town was obliterated.”