Several homes and barns in the Fair Play area were destroyed by a confirmed tornado and high winds Friday afternoon, Jan. 10.

According to the National Weather Service website, a tornado of unknown intensity touched down 2 miles west of Fair Play at around 2:30 p.m.

NWS also reports high winds destroyed two barns and took down power lines 1 mile west of Fair Play along Mo. 32.

Polk County Emergency Management Director Robert Dickson said Friday evening "two houses had major damage, and three mobile homes were destroyed."

He also said multiple barns were leveled.

Dickson said the American Red Cross is providing support for at least one family affected by Friday's severe weather.

He said the storm began at the Cedar and Polk County line near South 10th and 11th roads and tracked northeast to South 28th Road, north of Fair Play.

Dickson said the storm then jumped Mo. 123 and hit homes on South 33rd Road near East 412th Road.

"It made its way up to Cliquot," he said.

Dickson said he hadn't received reports of damage in that area.

One person, whose home and outbuildings were damaged along South 11th Road, said two of her family members were hurt in the storm. Neither Dickson nor Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison could confirm that report as of press time Friday night.

Following the tornado, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped traffic along Mo. 123, north of Fair Play, while Missouri Department of Transportation crews cleared downed trees blocking the roadway Friday afternoon.

First responders with Dunnegan Rural Fire Department assisted homeowners at multiple locations, as well.

There were also reports of flash flooding throughout the county thanks to torrential rain pounding the area Friday afternoon and night.

Friday’s severe weather precedes possible winter weather, including ice and snow, forecast for Saturday.

The Fair Play area has been hit particularly hard by severe weather in recent weeks.

NWS confirmed a “brief EF-0” tornado hit Polk County on Saturday night, Dec. 28, southwest of Mo. 123, west of Fair Play.

It tracked northeast, crossing Mo. 123 and “lifting just before Barren Creek,” NWS reported.

The tornado, which had estimated peak winds at 80 mph and a maximum width of 75 yards, was on the ground for three minutes along a 1.4 mile path.

It damaged buildings and trees along its path, NWS said, but no injuries were reported.

This is a developing news story. Watch and future issues of the BH-FP for more information as it becomes available.

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