"During the storm there was hail throughout the county, nickel to pea-sized. There was twisting in the clouds so there was motion and rotation going on in the clouds moving through Adair County. There were some funnel clouds spotted being formed. Plus, we believe there were some tornadoes that touched down," says Adair County Emergency Management Director, Greg Thomas.
Straight-line winds and downbursts also wreaked havoc on several homes, peeling off roofs and leaving power lines in Columbia temporarily down.
"The storm itself did a lot of damage to private property. As far as doing damage to public and county and city property, they are pretty well safe on that; not that much damage," notes Thomas.
The National Weather Service was in town on Tuesday to assess the damage of what they declared F-2 and F-1 tornadoes, and to determine the strength of the winds that blew through Columbia.
City and county workers have been cleaning debris off of the roads and insurance adjusters are out looking at homes damaged during the storms.