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Severe Thunderstorms Bring Dangerous Winds and Flash Flooding to the Springfield Metro Area

Winds of up to 70 miles per hour, half dollar size hail and torrential rains have swept across the Ozarks Friday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for eastern Greene and western Webster Counties until 2:00 a.m. Saturday. Radar indicates thunderstorms producing heavy rain up to 1.5 inches as of 7:55 p.m., with additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches possible. This includes east Springfield, Strafford, Marshfield, Rogersville, Fair Grove and Fordland.

East of Turners in Greene County, water was reported over the road at Highway 125 and D.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 2:15 a.m. Saturday for northeastern Christian County and northwestern Douglas County, including Nixa, Ozark and Sparta.

A Flash Flood Warning is also in effect for western Douglas, Ozark and northeastern Taney Counties until 2:45 a.m. Saturday. Ava, Gainesville, and Bakersfield are among the towns included.

Check flooded roadways in the Ozarks and across the state with the MoDOT Traveler Information Map here.

We’ve had several reports of wind damage as these storms moved through Friday evening, including several power outages in the Brighton area due to limbs on power lines.

As of 9:35 p.m. Friday, White River Valley Electric Cooperative is reporting 235 member customers without power in Douglas County, with nearly 450 customers of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative and another 448 homes and businesses without power in the White River Valley Electric Cooperative service area of Ozark County.

We’ve had reports of two inch tree limbs down just south of the McDonalds in the Seymour area.

North of Springfield in Ebenezer, heavy winds blew over some small trees, and moved a garage door in its track.

A National Weather Service employee reported a tree uprooted by the gust front out ahead of the storms around 7:24 p.m. Friday on Farm Road 146 near Wilson’s Creek west of Springfield.

Six large trees were reported down in the Louisburg area in Dallas County and power outages were reported as storms moved through Ava just before 9:00 p.m. In addition, limbs have been brought down with damage to outbuildings in the Goodhope area in Douglas County.

Trees and telephone lines have been brought down in Theodosia, according to emergency management.

Storms that moved through the Kansas City area and into the Lake of the Ozarks and Lebanon areas produced up to 70 mile per hour winds, with up to ping ball size hail along the Missouri/Kansas border early Friday evening.

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