by: Scott McCaulley
Quick developing storms late Wednesday afternoon included a Tornado that was on the ground through a portion of Barry and Stone Counties causing damage to several buildings and property.
According to reports submitted to the National Weather Service, the tornado touch downed right at the Barry/Stone County Line near Wheelerville and proceeded into Stone County to the Elsey area. Damage to a house was reported on Highway 248 at Buttonwood Drive plus numerous trees and powerlines were reported down. A trained spotter confirmed the tornado touchdown and reported a debris field consistent with a tornado in Elsey, were trees and powerlines were also knocked down with several homes and buildings either damaged or destroyed by the storm. That damage included a building under construction completely flipping over.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader tells Ozarks First that trees were the cause of multiple damages to homes, boats and power lines in the area, but there were no reported injuries.
“There are homes that are completely gone,” said Rader. “Barns that are completely gone. One there’s a camper laying on top of a barn. Quite extensive damage back to the west of here.”
Rader told Ozarks First that there were no report of injuries.
Fallen trees blocked Highway 248 at Buttonwood Drive and Highway 413 in Elsey while a strong thunderstorm also knocked down a tree blocking traffic on Highway 76 north of Shell Knob according to reports submitted to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service along with Stone County Emergency Management will be on the scene today to assess the damage assess the strength of the tornado.
Other damage reports included reports of a trampoline impaling a house near Purdy in Barry County as well as reports of large hail throughout the area. A thunderstorm wind gust of 70 MPH was reported near Boaz in Stone County.
Heavy Rain also caused Flash Flooding in the Boaz area. Flood Warnings have been in effect early Thursday Morning for all of Barry and Stone Counties plus Western Taney County including the Branson area due to the heavy rainfall.
A feature on the storms in Stone County can be found on the Ozarks First Website.