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Golf Ball Size Hail and Tornado Warnings Accompany Storms north of I-44 Thursday Afternoon and Evening

Severe thunderstorms producing up to golf ball size hail swept through areas north of I-44 from late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening. We had several reports of wall clouds, even one fire department report of a tornado on the ground in Morrisville. Here’s a timeline of what happened.

7:27 P.M. UPDATE: The severe weather threat appears to be winding down for the evening. The National Weather Service has cancelled the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Webster, Dallas, Wright and Laclede Counties. The storms have weakened below severe limits. Small hail and gusty winds are still possible.

6:45 P.M. UPDATE: The Tornado Warning for northern Webster, southeastern Dallas, northwestern Wright and southwestern Laclede Counties has expired. The National Weather Service says the tornado threat has diminished, but large hail and damaging winds remain likely and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 7:45 p.m. for northeastern Webster, southeastern Dallas, northern Wright and southern Laclede Counties until 7:45 p.m.

6:03 P.M. UPDATE: The National Weather has issued a new Tornado Warning for northern Webster County, southeastern Dallas County, northwestern Wright County and southwestern Laclede County until 6:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located eight miles northeast of Fair Grove, moving east at 20 miles per hour. Golf ball size hail may accompany this storm. Take shelter if you’re in Marshfield, Conway, Elkland, Niangua, Charity, Rader, and Twin Bridges.

5:46 P.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for northern Webster, southern Dallas, southwestern Laclede, and southeastern Polk Counties until 6:00 p.m. This is radar indicated rotation. The storm is moving east at 30 miles per hour and will move up I-44 through Marshfield, Conway and Phillipsburg, in addition to Niangua and Elkland. Storm sirens should be sounding in those areas. Take cover!

5:25 P.M. UPDATE: A Tornado Warning will be allowed to expire for north central Greene, southwestern Dallas, and southern Polk Counties. The Morrisville Fire Department reported a tornado on the ground at 4:59 p.m., with golf ball size hail in Bolivar. The tornado threat is no longer imminent in Bolivar, and the warning is being replaced with a Severe Thunderstorm Warning unti9l 6:15 p.m. for northwestern Webster, southern Dallas, southeastern Polk and northeastern Greene Counties.

4:30 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5:00 p.m. for north central Greene, west central Dallas, and Polk Counties. At 4:29 p.m. a severe thunderstorm was located near Fair Play, and it’s moving east at 25 miles per hour. Half dollar size hail is possible with this storm, along with 60 mile per hour winds. The storm will impact Humansville, Bolivar, Pleasant Hope, Morrisville, Buffalo, Fair Play, Halfway and other communities.

4:30 P.M. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for northwestern Cedar County. These storms are moving through the El Dorado Springs area and may produce ping pong ball size hail.

4:05 P.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Cedar, west central Polk, and northern Dade County until 4:45 p.m. Up to ping pong ball size hail and 60 mile per hour wind gusts are possible. The storm will impact Stockton, Dadeville, Fair Play, Arcola, and Dunnegan.

We’ve had reports of anywhere from pea and dime size hail to half dollar size hail from storms that have moved across areas north of I-44 Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for parts of Barton, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence and Vernon Counties.

We’ve had reports of penny size hail in Golden City, dime size hail in Lockwood, half dollar size hail south of Lockwood, and half dollar size hail between Milo and Sheldon.

Dime to nickel size hail was reported around 3:40 p.m. in the Olympia area south of El Dorado Springs. Photos showed broken windshields and a broken house window from hail.

The Weather Service says the threat for severe storms is limited enough that a Severe Thunderstorm Watch isn’t anticipated, with the greatest threat being large hail through the afternoon hours.

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