by: Scott McCaulley
Rounds of Strong to Severe Thunderstorms have impacted the Lakes Region over the last 24 hours.
Early this morning, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for the Lakes Region. Initial Storm Reports to the National Weather Service Office indicate strong winds caused power lines to go down and power to be out in the Lampe Area of Stone County. A tree was reported uprooted from the strong winds in Branson by Emergency Management Officials. Reports from Boone County include a 60 MPH Wind Gust clocked in Harrison along with several trees down in Lead Hill. There was also a report of Shingles blown off a roof and numerous tree limbs down around Duff in Searcy County.
Areas around Springfield had readings of 70 MPH Winds as the storms moved through and there are reports of power outages in several Missouri Counties. A tree has also been reported on the road on Highway 14 in Douglas County this morning near Bryant Creek. Wind Guests of near 70 MPH was also reported in Lawrence County around Mount Vernon with several trees reported down as well as many trees down around Selmore south of Ozark in Christian County.
A round of storms hit the region late Wednesday afternoon as well causing issues, especially in Newton County Arkansas, including Heavy Rain resulting in a landslide that blocked Highway 327 southeast of Jasper plus reports of one inch size Hail in the Mount Judea area and a tree falling into a home in Parthenon.
While little to any severe storms are expected the rest of the day, shower activity will still be possible throughout the Lakes Region.