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Overnight tornado leaves minor damage

The Examiner staff

The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado that began near Blue Springs Lake led to the warning sirens some Eastern Jackson County residents heard pre-dawn Thursday.

EF-0 is the lowest severity rating in classifying tornadoes. According to the Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, the tornado made a six-mile path. It started near Blue Springs Lake, crossed to the southeast over Woods Chapel Road and the eastern portion of Lake Jacomo and Fleming Park, then Missouri 7 and Colbern Road before it lifted near Lake Lotawana.

The tornado had an estimated peak wind of 85 miles per hour and reportedly caused mostly minor damage.

As of 11:30 a.m., just two Independence Power & Light customers near U.S. 40 and Blue Springs were without power, though peak outage was 660 customers shortly before dawn. Evergy still reported some small outages scattered around Eastern Jackson County as of late Thursday morning.