The top of the Flag Pole is bent at the Branson Landing Boulevard Roundabout be strong wind which also knocked down the Christmas Light Tree. (Photo by Scott McCaulley)

by: Scott McCaulley

As the calendar turned to December the early morning hours were more of a reminder of the power of spring like storms instead of the start of Christmas month.

While the first wave of severe weather did little damage Friday evening, it was the storms that came through just after Midnight Saturday Morning that caused the most damage around the region.

Fire Officials in the Lawrence County town of Aurora confirm to KOLR-10/Ozarks First that one person died trying to get out of the Aurora Inn Motel when the storms came through. Reports also indicate damage to a car dealership due to a possible tornado. Roads also were closed for a time in that area due to power lines down across the road.

Around the Lakes Region, some of the visible signs of damage include the Christmas Light Tree being knocked down at the Roundabout at Branson Landing Boulevard as the top of one of the flag poles snapped plus several signs being knocked down on Branson Hills Parkway as a weather station there reported to the Natoinal Weather Service that a 72 MPH Wind Gust was recorded.

Another damage report submitted to the National Weather Service from Taney County reported damage to the top two floors of the D Monaco Resort near the Long Creek Bridge on Highway 86 while the Western Taney County Fire Protection District reports damage to several buildings and docks in that area.

In Stone County, a report to the NWS from the public indicated a large tree down and damage to a roof in the Kimberling City area.

In Barry County, power lines were reported down at the intersection of Highway 112 and 76 near Cassville.

There was several reports of damage in Arkansas including the Harrison area, as reports to the 911 Call Center indicated several power lines and trees down while Law Enforcement reports a home on Union Road had it’s back door ripped off the hinges by strong winds.  Several trees and power lines were also reported down in Marshall in Searcy County.

Wal-Mart Sign
This sign on Branson Hills Parkway was one of the signs damaged due to Friday’s Storm. (Photo courtesy of Stormdar Weather)