Deadly New Year's Eve Storms, Death toll at 6


WPSD Weather

Severe storms swept across the Mid-South and Mississippi Valley on this New Year's Eve destroying homes and claiming 6 lives.

9PM Update:

Strong and severe storms moved across the Local 6 viewing area on Friday leaving minimal damage compared to many across the Mid-South and Mississippi Valley. The severe weather threat has diminished but heavy rain, frequent lightning, and gusty winds will continue through early Saturday morning.

As of late Friday night, 6 deaths have been reported, a result of at least 31 confirmed tornadoes.

Friday Evening:

Kansas City, Mo. (AP) - Survey teams from the National Weather Service confirm that much of Friday's storm damage in Southern and Eastern Missouri was caused by tornadoes. The strongest tornadoes hit Fort Leonard Wood, where several homes on the sprawling army post were destroyed, and the St. Louis County town of Sunset Hills. The Weather Service estimates the Fort Leonard Wood tornado was An EF3 on the enhanced fujita scale, with winds of 136 to 165 mph. Experts who surveyed the damage in Sunset Hills determined the tornado there was potentially greater than an EF3. They'll take another look Saturday. The Weather Service also determined an EF1 tornado hit Dent County, Where two people were killed in a mobile home. And a twister of EF1 strength damaged boats and docks at Table Rock Lake.

Kansas City, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a third person has been killed in Missouri by a powerful storm system that spawned several tornadoes and claimed at least three lives in Arkansas. Phelps County emergency management director Sandy North says the woman was killed friday morning when her home about a mile north of Rolla was destroyed by the storm. North says six others were Injured in the county, including one critically. She says about 20 homes have been destroyed or seriously damaged. North says power lines are down throughout the area and hundreds of trees have been uprooted. Tornadoes from the storm killed three people in the Arkansas Hamlet of Cincinnati, near the Oklahoma border. A possible tornadoaAlso downed trees and power lines in Central Illinois on Friday.