By Greg Pyron
Numerous damage reports followed Wednesday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms that swept across the Branson area. According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, baseball size hail was reported near Holiday Hills. Other hail damage reports ranged from 1 inch to 1 ¾ inches from Lampe and Table Rock, across Branson and Hollister, and on eastward to Kirbyville and Powersite. Oak Grove Arkansas also had one inch hail.
High winds damaged trees and power lines as well. One private weather station clocked a 75 mile per hour wind gust in Hollister while another weather station recorded a 66 mile per hour wind gust west of Shell Knob in Barry County. Downed trees were reported from Welk Resort, Point Royal, Country Bluff, C of O, Hollister, and in Branson and Branson Hills Parkway. One tree reportedly fell onto a home in Point Royale. The Central Taney County Fire Protection District reported several of their crews were out clearing trees and other debris from the roads in the district.
Heavy rains caused some minor flooding in Branson at Fall Creek and at Roark Valley Road. A report to the Natoinal Weather Service in Springfield from a media partner reported around two and a half inches of rain had fallen in the Forsyth area over 24 hours.
Liberty and Empire District Electric crews worked into the evening to restore power to about 1000 combined customers.
Other pictures courtesy of Ozarks First Meteorologists Beth Finello and Jamie Warner:
Below pictures courtesy of the Central Taney County Fire Protection District