Storm damage in Aurora area. Photo courtesy of Art Morris via NWS Chat.

Strong Winds Blow Down Trees and Branches, Leading to Power Outages in the Ozarks

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. Monday: Strong thunderstorms moved through the Springfield Metro area and several counties in southwest Missouri Monday afternoon. We’ve had several reports of tree damage in the Aurora area, a branch blown down on a power line west of Bolivar, a tree blown over in Isabella (Ozark County), and a big tree down over Old Highway 5 close to the Wright/Douglas County line.

More than 1,000 Springfield City Utilities customers were without electricity as of 3:45 p.m. Monday. Those outages have been from north Cedarbrook to east Atlantic, and just north of east Chestnut Expressway and north Fremont Avenue.

Original Story: We have the potential for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms for this Labor Day, with the best chances Monday afternoon and into the early evening, primarily along and east of Highway 65.

The National Weather Service says in addition to lightning and heavy downpours, isolated wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and hail up to the size of quarters are possible.

Tuesday’s severe weather chances should be confined to south central Missouri, generally east of a line from West Plains to Houston.

We’ll keep you up to date with any watches and warnings on 93-3 and A-M 560 KWTO.