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Severe Thunderstorms Track Through Parts of the Ozarks Sunday Afternoon

Severe thunderstorms have pushed through areas south and east of Springfield Sunday afternoon, with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

An amateur radio operator reported traffic along Highway 65 at the Forsyth exit near Walnut Shade came to a stop around 1:00 p.m. because of thunderstorm winds, with one car blown off the highway into the grass. No one was injured.

The National Weather Service has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Christian, Stone, Taney, Douglas, Laclede, Webster, Wright and Ozark Counties.

In addition, a Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. Sunday for southeastern Barry and southwestern Stone Counties.

For a second straight night, we had reports of flash flooding in the Seneca area in Newton County early Sunday morning.

The Seneca area has had a 3.9 inch rain total in the last 24 hours, with a 48 hour rain total of 10.16 inches.

Heavy rain early Saturday morning caused the National Weather Service to declare a flash flood emergency for Seneca as water made its way into homes and businesses.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 12:00 a.m. Monday for areas generally west of Highway 65.

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