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Severe Thunderstorms Sweep Across the Ozarks Thursday Afternoon

3:34 p.m. UPDATE: The Tornado Watch has been cancelled for all but our far eastern counties in the Ozarks. Camden, Laclede, Wright, Douglas, Ozark and Howell Counties remain under a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m., but the severe weather threat has ended for the rest of the Ozarks.

3:24 p.m. UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for both Wright and Laclede County has expired. The Laclede County warning was cancelled at 2:46 p.m., while the Wright County warning as allowed to expire at 3:00 p.m. The storms continue to strengthen as they head into east central Missouri, with a Tornado Warning for central Phelps County, including the Rolla, Doolittle, Newburg, and St. James areas. Law enforcement reports a possible tornado damaged a home northwest of Beulah in Phelps County along County Road 6610.

2:10 p.m. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Wright and southeastern Laclede Counties until 3:00 p.m. Severe storms are along a line extending from ten miles south of Lebanon to ten miles north of Hartville to near Seymour, moving east at 30 miles per hour. 60 mile per hour winds and quarter size hail continue to be the biggest threats, along with heavy downpours as the storms move through Mountain Grove, Hartville, Competition, Lynchburg, Falcon, Dawson, Twin Bridges, Manes and Graff.

1:45 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southern Webster County, southwestern Wright County, and eastern Greene County until 2:30 p.m. 60 mile per hour winds and quarter size hail are possible as the storms moving through Springfield, Rogersville, Seymour, Mansfield, Battlefield, Strafford and Fair Grove.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 2:30 p.m. for Webster, southeastern Dallas, northwestern Wright and southwestern Laclede County. 60 mile per hour winds and quarter size hail are threats in the Marshfield, Conway, Niangua, Phillipsburg, and Rader areas.

Original Story: The National Weather Service says conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes across much of southwest Missouri through early evening.

A Tornado Watch has been issued by the weather service for areas east of Interstate 49 through 7:00 p.m.

Ongoing storms over southwest Missouri will intensify as they move east of the Highway 65 corridor.

The best severe potential is between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Large hail and damaging winds are the main threats, though tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

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