by: Scott McCaulley
Severe Thunderstorms and possible Tornadoes moved through the Lakes Region on Tuesday evening, leaving some trees and power lines down.
The National Weather Service received several Storm Damage Reports from the region, all coming from a line of storms that moved through between 7 and 8:00. The Central Crossing Fire District reported strong winds damaged a Boat and Boat Dock south of Shell Knob in Barry County while a NWS Employee reported two large Oak Trees had been knocked down in Northern Stone County South of Boaz. As the storm moved through Northern Taney County, an Amateur Radio Operator reported several Trees and Power Lines were down across Highway 76 at Dalton Road near Brownbranch. Some Power Outages were reported in parts of Stone County due to the Thunderstorms that produced Wind Gusts near 70 MPH.
Several Tornado Warnings were issued for parts of Christian and Douglas Counties though none have been confirmed. Those areas did see several Trees down due to strong winds, especially around Ava in Douglas County.
A round of storms also moved through Northern Arkansas producing strong winds. Law Enforcement in Newton County reported to the National Weather Service that a tree was blown down on Highway 43 South of Jasper.
After a slight chance of Isolated Showers today, conditions are expected to be dry and warm going into the weekend.