Tuesday Thunderstorm Causes Damage in Branson

by: Chrystal Blair, Ozarks First

Residents on the west side of Branson are assessing the damage caused by a severe thunderstorm that ripped through the area Tuesday afternoon.

The storm hit the area of Green Mountain Drive and Falls Parkway — and the damage was significant.

The storm left downed power lines, damaged storage units and buildings — even blowing doors right off of their hinges. However, the most dangerous result of this storm was a natural gas leak caused by debris hitting a line. Fortunately, it was taken care of before it could cause a major disaster.

“J.R.” manages the “Secure-it Storage” business. He says he thought it was going to rain, but when he opened his door to reel up the awning on his camper, he realized it was doing much more than that.

“Just out of the corner of my eye, I thought I..just like split second something was fling by and I jumped back in and closed the door — and then the camper just started rattling and through me across the floor..and it was just metal and everything flying by. It was bad,” J.R. said.

He said at one point he thought he was having a heart attack. But, he’s just thankful it wasn’t any worse.

There were no reports of serious injuries.