After an investigation, it was determined Cooper County indeed had a tornado on March 6.
COOPER COUNTY – The Cooper County Emergency Management Association has released findings of an EF0 tornado that touched down in Cooper County more than a week ago.
“On March 6, a line of severe thunderstorms marched across Missouri, causing damage to several areas. Cooper County Emergency Management (EMA) received reports of damage and went out to survey the damage. The Cooper County EMA team with assistance from Cooper County GIS coordinator Brandon Wolfe was able to submit a map pinpointing the damage that Cooper County received complete with actual photos either taken by Cooper County personnel or photos emailed to Cooper County EMA technical officer Brandon Bell by citizens to the National Weather Service,” a release from Cooper County EMA stated. “Using this map the National Weather Service was able to determine an EF-0 tornado did touch down in Cooper County. I would like to thank the citizens that reported their damage and submitted their photos, Brandon Wolfe, Brandon Bell, Larry Oerly, the Cooper County Sheriff's Office, the Fire Departments of Cooper County, and the Cooper County E911.”
The EF0 had winds of up to 85 miles per hour and was 400 yards wide at it widest point. For 17 minutes the tornado tore through 16 miles of south central Cooper County.