Thursday storm that derailed Dexter train had winds over 90 mph

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

DEXTER, Mo. — A storm that derailed a train in Dexter on Thursday was ruled straight-line winds by the National Weather Service.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, straight-line winds, estimated to be 90 miles per hour at peak windows, the damage started on the southwest side of Dexter and ended on the northeast side of Dexter.

The event lasted until 9:05 a.m. and stretched 3.1 miles with a maximum width of 0.75 miles.

Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped and several homes sustained shingle loss or partial roof damage.

A moving train carrying empty and full metal shipping containers was derailed, causing heavily-travelled One Mile Road to be closed for days.

Several storage sheds at Busy Bee’s Lumber were damaged and a couple businesses had large advertising signs blown down.

Stoddard County Emergency Management Agency Director Kent Polsgrove received the information from the NWS. He toured the area Friday morning with a team from the weather service. Polsgrove said the team spoke to workers with Ameren Missouri, Union Pacific and Busy B Lumber, as well as with Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore. Stoddard County ended up getting 4.23 inches of rain while Scott County measured 3.6 inches and Mississippi County measured 3.12 inches.

The rainfall total for New Madrid County was not listed by the NWS.

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