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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 2:00 pm | Updated: 9:19 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

A microburst of straight-line winds caused heavy damage Wednesday night at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Labadie.

According to a preliminary survey by the National Weather Service, a microburst occurred near the intersection of St. Johns Road and Highway V and continued through the golf course to Highway 100.

The National Weather Service said significant tree damage was observed with many pine trees topped or snapped along with uprooted hardwood trees.

All of the damage pointed in the same northeast direction with wind speed estimated at 80 mph.

Doug Warden, Wolf Hollow general manager, said three large trees fell on the golf course — one on No. 9 green and two near No. 14 green.

On No. 9, a tree limb was buried 12 to 18 inches deep into the green, he said, and there were several large gouges where the tree toppled.

The three trees were approximately 3 feet in diameter, he said.

“It was a mess,” Warden told The Missourian.

“We probably lost anywhere from five to 10 other trees as well,” he said. “We have other trees that had their tops blown out or lost large limbs.

“We called in extra staff to remove all of the debris and were able to get the course open for play Thursday morning,” he added.

Even more significant than the tree damage and blown debris, said Warden, was a power surge that damaged the circuits on nearly all of the golf cart chargers.

That damage was not discovered until later in the day Thursday, he said, and an electrician was called in to make repairs.

The club house also lost power during the storm Wednesday night. Power was restored at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Warden said about half of the vinyl/alumimum panels on its pavilion adjacent to the club house were ripped or damaged by the heavy winds.

Two employees were inside the clubhouse when the storm blew in and Warden said they reported feeling the building shake.

Warden estimated the damage to be thousands of dollars.

The National Weather Service said another microburst was surveyed two miles north of Villa Ridge where 18 power poles were snapped or lying on the ground along a three-quarter of a mile of stretch of Old Highway 100 between Highway T and Mary Lane. The estimated wind speed at this location was 90 mph.

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