by: Scott McCaulley

Although not wide-spread, scattered areas of rain did hit several areas of the Ozarks hard Wednesday afternoon and early evening according to reports collected by the National Weather Service.

In Arkansas, heavy rain closed a part of Highway 412 near Marble in Carroll County plus a water was flowing through a Low Water Crossing near Compton in Newton County. Some thunderstorm gusts were reported up to 50 MPH near Alabam in Madison County.

In Missouri, Barry County was the hardest hit as a Thunderstorm was stationary over the central part of the county for several hours dumping heavy rain. Several water rescues were needed according to Emergency Managers while several roads in and around Cassville were flooded. A report to KOLR-10/Ozarks First indicated some areas received nearly seven inches of rain during the storm.

This morning, there are still several State Highways Closed according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. They include Highway Y northeast of Cassville and portions of Highways 76/86 and CC around Exeter.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for Central Barry County until 10:30 this morning.