Tornadoes confirmed last Friday in area

Machinery remained after the pole building was ripped apart at the Gary Seier farm. Photos by Helen Baumgartner/Petersburg Press.

Tornadoes were confirmed last Friday afternoon, May 12, in at least two locations of the Boone County area.
One confirmed EF-1 tornado in the Spalding area was the subject of a video taken by storm chasers.
National Weather Service reported this tornado was sighted at 2:25 p.m. about six miles south/southwest of Spalding. This tornado packed 105 mph winds. It was mainly over rural areas, but overturned two center pivots and damaged at least two others.
Another EF-1 tornado was sighted at 4:09 p.m. about eight miles north/northwest of Newman Grove and also tracked northwest, ending about nine miles east of Petersburg. Estimated peak wind velocity was 110 mph. It destroyed a one-year-old machine shed owned by Gary Seier 9.5 miles east of Petersburg. Debris was spread for about a mile.
Complete story in the May 17 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, and Petersburg Press.

Debris from the Seier farm building north of Highway 32.