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Severe Thunderstorms and Flash Flooding in the Ozarks: Get the Latest Updates Here

2:25 P.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for southeastern Laclede, northeastern Wright, southeastern Pulaski, Phelps, Dent, and northern Texas Counties until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Some of the locations that will experience flash flooding are Rolla, Fort Leonard Wood, Salem, St. Robert, St. James, Doolittle and Newburg.

1:00 P.M. UPDATE: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Douglas, Ozark, eastern Wright and Howell Counties, as well as Oregon, Shannon and Texas Counties. An addition one to two inches of rain are possible on top of the one to two that’s already fallen. The warning goes until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include West Plains, Mountain Grove, Thayer, Willow Springs, Houston, Cabool and WInona.

12:34 P.M. UPDATE: Excessive rainfall caused Roaring River to flash flood near Farm Road 2265 in Eagle Rock. An unknown amount of individuals were camping on a gravel bar and were rescued out of the river. This was reported by local law enforcement.

12:14 p.m. UPDATE: The Tornado Watch has been cancelled for Douglas, Ozark, Dent and Texas Counties. It remains in effect for Howell and Oregon Counties until 4:00 p.m. In addition, the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Ozark and southeastern Texas Counties is cancelled. The severe weather threat has moved into south central and southeast Missouri.





11:29 A.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Ozark and Howell Counties until 12:30 p.m. The warning also includes parts of Shannon, Texas and Oregon Counties in south central Missouri. Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour are possible in the West Plains, Willow Springs, Thayer, Bakersfield, and Pomona areas.

11:25 A.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Douglas, Ozark and Howell Counties until 4:00 p.m. Also, were’ getting more reports of cropland/yard/basement flooding northwest of Fordland and southwest of Mansfield. We’ve also received word of trees down in Norwood, one on a mobile home.

11:10 A.M. UPDATE: A Flood Advisory is in effect until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday for Greene, Barton, Cedar, Dade, Hickory and Polk Counties. Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas is likely. Some low water crossings may become impassable.

11:00 A.M. UPDATE: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for eastern Christian, southern Webster, western Douglas, northwestern Ozark, southern Stone, Taney and southwestern Wright Counties until 2:30 p.m. Doppler radar indicates storms producing heavy rain from Branson and Kimberling City, Forsyth and Hollister to Marshfield, Ava and Rogersville. Between one and two inches of rain has already fallen, with an additional one to two inches possible. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. We’ve had reports of flooding on city streets and vehicles stranded in the Ava area due to high water. We’ve also received reports of river/creek overflowing just southwest of Highlandville, with cropland/yard/basement flooding.

11:00 A.M. UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Wright County has been cancelled because the storms have moved out of the area. The warning continues until 11:30 for Ozark, eastern Douglas, and Howell Counties. In addition, the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for eastern Wright and southeastern Laclede Counties is cancelled, but the warning remains in effect until 11:30 for southeastern Pulaski, Phelps, northern Texas and western Dent Counties.

10:35 A.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Ozark County, southeastern Wright County, eastern Douglas County and Howell County until 11:30 a.m. 60 mile per hour winds and penny size hail are possible as these storms track through Gainesville, Mountain Grove, West Plains, Willow Springs, and Theodosia.

10:35 A.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for eastern Wright, southeastern Laclede, and southeastern Pulaski Counties until 11:30 a.m. Severe storms are located along a line extending from 10 miles southwest of Fort Leonard Wood to near Norwood, moving northeast at 60 miles per hour. 60 mile per hour winds and penny size hail are possible in Mountain Grove, Fort Leonard Wood, and Licking.

10:28 A.M. UPDATE: MoDOT is closing Highway 76 east of Highway 112 to the east of Cassville due to water over the road. Get statewide road closures here with the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

10:24 A.M. UPDATE: Power has been restored along Highway 14 in Nixa. Also, a Flood Advisory is in effect for areas generally along and south of I-44 until 2:30 p.m. Friday. Minor flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas is expected. Between one and two inches of rain has already fallen.

9:49 A.M. UPDATE: We’ve had reports of a power outage on the south side of Highway 14 to South Street in Nixa. The outage was apparently caused by a lightning strike. Electric utility crews say power should be restored by around 10:30 a.m.

9:45 A.M. UPDATE: A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for central Christian, east central Barry, and central Stone County until 1:30 p.m. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms producing heavy rain have fallen in the Nixa, Ozark, Highlandville, Crane, Reeds Spring, Galena, and Shell Knob areas, with between one and two inches already. Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are expected.

Original Story: Storms have tracked across the Ozarks Wednesday morning and will continue into the afternoon.

The National Weather Service says while some storms may re-develop, severe weather chances will be low for the Springfield area Wednesday.

The greatest severe weather threat will be for the far eastern Ozarks into south central and southeast Missouri.

Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will all be possible in eastern Missouri from the bootheel up to St. Louis.

We had a severe thunderstorm warning in effect just before 7:00 a.m. Wednesday for parts of Polk, Hickory, Dallas and Camden Counties to the north of Springfield, but it was allowed to expire at 7:45 with no further warnings issued.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Barry and southeastern McDonald County until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says flash flooding is ongoing in the Cassville, Seligman, Exeter, Washburn, Shell Knob, Butterfield, Golden and Emerald Beach areas.

Roaring River State Park, Flat Creek at Highway C, Flat Creek at Highway U and Grease at Farm Road 2290 are some areas that may experience flooding.

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