Storms Rumble Through Ozarks

Severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes rumbled through the Ozarks early this morning, resulting in the National Weather Service issuing numerous thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Weather service officials will fan out over the area today to assess damage and verify any tornado activity in southwest Missouri. The storms rolled through Laclede County shortly after two this morning, bringing high winds and a little over three-quarters of an inch of rain. We have no reports of any damage so far this morning. A tornado warning was issued for Pulaski County at 2:06 this morning for a radar-indicated tornado. However, there has been no confirmation yet of a tornado touching down.

Numerous areas in Southwest Missouri reported power outages this morning. At one point this morning, Laclede Electric Cooperative reported that 164 Laclede County residents were without power. Lebanon City Electric Crews are also busy restoring power to some Lebanon locations. Pulaski County reported over 700 utility customers without power, 509 in Dallas County, and Camden County reported around 400 people without power at the storm’s peak.