by: Scott McCaulley (Reports Supplied by the National Weather Service, Ozarks First, and Social Media)
The expected rainfall began to fall in the Lakes Region Wednesday morning but it brought with it some unexpected Severe Weather.
A strong cell developed in the Lakes Region that prompted a Tornado Warning to be issued at times for parts of Stone, Taney, and Christian Counties. As of early Wednesday afternoon, no tornados had been reported on the ground but several properties did sustain damage including Old Matt’s Cabin at Shepherd of the Hills which sustained minor damage when a tree fell on it. A home near Jakes Creek Trail in Stone County sustained heavy damage due to heavy winds.
The Storms also knocked out power to over 2000 customers of Liberty Utilities and White River Electric Coop during part of the morning.
Heavy rain caused Flash Flooding in many areas, including on Highway 413/248 through Downtown Reeds Spring as well as Highway 65 near the Busiek State Forest in Christian County. Heavy rain also flooded Highway 173 north of Cape Fair trapping several people in vehicles caught in the flooding. The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District reported that all occupants were rescued successfully.
Emergency Management officials also reported several areas of flooding around Branson including on Roark Valley Road and Veterans Blvd. Officials also reported to the Weather Service that 2.5 inches of rain fell in a half hour period near the Table Rock Dam.
Flash Flooding Warnings are in effect for most of the region through the afternoon including Barry, Stone, Taney, and Ozark Counties in Missouri as well as Carroll County in Arkansas, where several inches of rain has fell during the storms.