by: Scott McCaulley
Four EF-0 Tornado Touchdowns have been confirmed by the National Weather Service caused by the strong line of storms that moved through the region on Wednesday.
The first two were both in Taney County north of Branson with one touching down around 9:30 near Emory Creek Blvd followed by the second on about five minutes later north of Walnut Shade near Highway 176 and Oak Brook Estates Court. Both tornados were on the ground for about a half mile causing mostly minor residential structure damage and snapped tree branches, but one structure north of Walnut Shade did receive significant damage according to the NWS Report. Maximum winds were between 70-75 MPH for these two twisters.
Another tornado from this cell was reported just before 10:00 along Highway H in the Low Gap area of Christian County near Chadwick where a shed was destroyed.
A fourth twister was reported near Gentryville in Douglas County around 11:15 that had maximum winds of 85 MPH and was on the ground for nearly two miles. The most significant damage with this storm was the destruction of a three car garage and several outbuildings near the start of the path along Highway 14.