National Weather Service says EF-3 tornado hit Lacona on Tuesday

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Multiple Tuesday morning tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service.

Around 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, tornado damage was reported in Madison County near Badger Creek State Park southeast of De Soto.After conducting a survey of the damage near Badger Creek State Park, the National Weather Service has rated this tornado as an EF-1.

The National Weather Service confirmed another tornado touched down just north of Lacona after 6 a.m. This tornado was originally reported by law enforcement in the area. The National Weather Service has rated the Lacona tornado an EF-3, with estimated peak winds up to 150 mph.

The tornado near Lacona was on the ground for just over 5 miles and lasted about 5 minutes before it lifted around 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday morning’s tornado in Lacona marked only the third of at least EF-3 strength to occur before 10 a.m. since records began in 1950, and the first since 1979.

As show in the graphic above, a third tornado occurred in the town of Tracy in Marion County around 5:20 a.m Tuesday. It was also confirmed and rated an EF-1.

Warren County Emergency Management is urging people to proceed with caution in southern Warren County due to downed power lines.

PHOTOS: Storm damage in Lacona following Tuesday morning tornado

Emergency Management also tells Local 5 that no injuries from the storm have been reported. Volunteers are asked to check in at the fire station as the city works to clean up.

DIGITAL EXTRA: Tour tornado damage in Lacona

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