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Tornado tears through small town of Baring, MO destroying post office

August 8, 2023
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The National Weather Service reported that the tornado began on the southeast side of town just southeast of the Hwy. K and Dairy Avenue intersection.

‘The tornado quickly strengthened as it moved northwest producing EF-2 damage southwest of the intersection,” the Weather Service reported. “A farm outbuilding was completely destroyed, several grain bins were thrown 1/4 to 1/2 mile downwind, and a home was heavily damaged with the roof and several walls removed. The tornado then crossed Highway K and the railroad tracks and moved through the center of the town of Baring.’

The National Weather Service reported that in Baring, as many as seven businesses and 62 homes were damaged.

“Notable was the post office, which was heavily damaged with the removal of the roof and several walls,” the Weather Service reported. “The tornado then exited town tracking to the northwest producing damage to a farm outbuilding on the east side of Hwy. 15 and damaged to trees on the west side of the highway. The tornado dissipated shortly thereafter.

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