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Tornado reported in Millstadt, captured on video

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Resident of Millstadt and Monroe County reported spotting a tornado Wednesday night.
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Resident of Millstadt and Monroe County reported spotting a tornado Wednesday night.

A funnel cloud was spotted moving east across Millstadt Wednesday night.

To see a home video of the tornado, go to bnd.com.

Warning sirens sounded at about 6:40 p.m. as the funnel moved east on Douglas Road, according to St. Clair County Emergency Management. Several residents reported on social media that they didn’t hear sirens.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis received multiple reports from New Hanover, southwest of Millstadt in Monroe County, though as of 7 p.m. had not issued a tornado warning.

NWS confirmed that the tornado had touched down briefly in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon. The agency said the tornado caused minor damage to a house on Franken Strasse Drive, 3 miles west of Millstadt. The garage door was blown in, a window on an exterior door was broken and there was minor siding damage.

No deaths or injuries occurred with this tornado, the NWS stated. Doug Tilly, a meteorologist with the office, said the storm was a weak one.

“Technically, a tornado is defined as a rotating column of air in contact with the ground, but it could be very weak with not a lot of wind usually associated with the storms that do a lot of damage,” Tilly said. “These types of storms that are very week are difficult to deal with, to say the least, in terms of warnings.”

The NWS forecast as of 6:06 p.m. called for showers and scattered thunderstorms. Some could be severe.

Luke Probst, of Millstadt, captured a photo of the formation. He said he did not see the funnel touch ground and has not seen any damage near his home. Dwight Guy, also of Millstadt, captured the funnel on video as it appeared to touch ground.

A St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher could not confirm reports of any damage or storm-related emergencies. Millstadt Police could not be reached.

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