By Thomas Gounley, Springfield News-Leader
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A surprise tornado touched down in Springfield Sunday evening.
The city was not under a tornado watch or warning at the time, but the National Weather Service reports that an EF-0 tornado touched down near the intersection of East Cairo Street and South Pickwick Avenue, about 1.5 miles east of downtown, at 7:18 p.m.
The tornado was a rare landspout tornado, according to the National Weather Service, which are typically not detectable by radar.
The 50-yard-wide tornado traveled about 0.4 miles east along Cairo Street and lifted where the road intersects with Glenstone Avenue, according to the National Weather Service. Maximum wind speeds were estimated to be 60 mph; EF-0 tornadoes typically have wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph.
Minor roof damage was reported, along with damage to multiple trees.