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NWS Survey: Three tornadoes touched down Thursday evening

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The National Weather Service in Paducah confirmed three tornadoes occurred Thursday evening in northern Cape Girardeau County and far western Union County. 

1) The first tornado touched down around 7:45 P.M. about five miles east of Fruitland along Highway V in Cape Girardeau County. It traveled east 2.5 miles before picking up near Trail of Tears State Park. The survey team found dozens of trees broken or uprooted and several power poles snapped. The tornado was an EF-1 with peak winds of 90 miles per hour. 

2) A second tornado touched down about 10 minutes after the first at around 7:55 P.M. three miles southwest of Wolf Lake. The twister was on the ground for three miles, causing a large equipment barn to collapse and destroying another barn. A one story home was partially shifted off its foundation and had a window broken from flying debris. Damage was along Ware Wolf Lake Road. The tornado was listed as an EF-1 with peak winds of 95 miles per hour.

3) A third tornado touched down about the same time as the second and just a half mile south. This weak tornado caused some small tree damage and partial damage to a barn. It was listed as an EF-0 with peak winds of 75 miles per hour. 

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