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Severe Thunderstorms Capable of Producing Tornadoes Move Through Southern and Southeastern Ozarks

There are no reports of major damage after numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings for areas south and east of Springfield Sunday night.

Parts of Taney, Ozark, Douglas and Howell Counties, along with other counties in south central Missouri, had multiple warnings after rotation was spotted on radar by the National Weather Service.

We had reports of dime up to half dollar size hail near Nixa, with quarter size hail near Boaz in Stone County.

Here are the severe weather reports as they came in Sunday night:

11:00 p.m. UPDATE: Storms are beginning to wind down in the Ozarks. We had several tornado warnings issued Sunday evening for areas south/southeast of the Springfield metro area, but we’ve had no reports of actual touchdowns or significant damage.

10:45 p.m. UPDATE: A Tornado Warning has been issued for southeastern Howell County and northwestern Oregon County until 11:00 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located southeast of Wwest Plains, moving northeast at 65 miles per hour. This is radar indicated rotation. Folks in Alton, Koshkonong, Thomasville and Greer should be taking cover.

10:25 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service says the Tornado Warning for southeastern Ozark County will be allowed to expire at 10:30 p.m. The storm that prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits and exited the warned area. In addition, the Tornado Warning for northeastern Howell and southeastern Texas Counties is cancelled because the storm that prompted the warning has moved out of the area.

10:13 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for northeastern Howell County, southwestern Shannon County and southeastern Texas Counties until 10:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Mountain View, moving east at 45 miles per hour. Radar indicated rotation.

9:50 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for eastern Ozark County until 10:30 p.m. Sunday. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Gainesville, moving northeast at 40 miles per hour. This is radar indicated rotation. If you’re in the Bakersfield, Sycamore, Gainesville, Hardenville, Tecumseh, and Udall areas, take cover immediately. Circulation developing in the Gainesville area has tightened. Sirens are going off in Gainesville and Bakersfield. The tornado shelter in Gainesville is open.

9:37 p.m. UPDATE: A Flood Advisory is now in effect for Douglas and Ozark Counties until 3:45 a.m. Monday.

9:35 p.m. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for eastern Ozark, Howell and southeastern Texas Counties until 10:15 p.m. Sunday. 60 mile per hour winds and penny size hail are possible with these storms as they move through the Bakersfield, West Plains, Willow Springs, Tecumseh and Pomona areas.The National Weather Service says the cell moving into Missouri south of Theodosia is showing rotation, but has become more broad and disorganized. Forecasters will continue to monitor as these storms move through a fairly unstable air mass.

9:05 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service says the Tornado Warning for northwestern Ozark and southeastern Taney County will be allowed to expire at 9:15 p.m. The storm that prompted the warning has moved out of the area. Also, the Tornado Warning for northeastern Ozark County and southeastern Douglas County will be allowed to expire at 9:15 p.m. The storm that prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits and has exited the warned area.

9:05 p.m. UPDATE: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Ozark and eastern Douglas Counties until 10:00 p.m. 60 mile per hour winds and penny size hail are possible with this storm. Some of the locations impacted include Bull Shoals and Norfork Lake, Gainesville, Theodosia, Wasola, Brixey, Vanzant, Bakersfield, Pontiac, Sundown, Willhoit, Thornfield, and Squires.

9:02 p.m. UPDATE: We’re starting to get reports of large hail with these thunderstorms south of Springfield. We have a report of half dollar size hail at 8:24 p.m. three miles east of Nixa, with penny size hail reported two miles southwest of Nixa at 8:21 p.m.

8:49 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for northwestern Ozark and southeastern Taney Counties until 9:15 p.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located north of Diamond City, moving northeast at 45 miles per hour. If you’re in the Theodosia, Rueter, Thornfield, or Long Runs, take cover now! The weather service says the cell in southeastern Taney County is showing indications of a tightening circulation as it moves toward Rueter and Long Run. Quarter size hail has been reported southeast of Boaz in Stone County.

8:47 p.m. UPDATE: A Tornado Warning is in effect for northern Ozark and southeastern Douglas County to the southeast of Springfield until 9:15 p.m. A tornado producing storm was located 11 miles west of Gainesville, moving northeast at 55 miles per hour. This is a radar confirmed tornado. Take shelter if you live in the Sundown, Brixey, Noble, Dora, Theodosia, Thornfield, Sycamore, Willhoit, Rockbridge and Gentryville areas.

7:59 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for western Ozark and southeastern Taney Counties until 8:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Self, Arkansas moving northeast at 40 miles per hour. This is radar indicated rotation. Locations impacted include Bull Shoals Lake, Pontiac Protem, Isabella, Theodosia, Sundown and Long Run.

7:55 p.m. UPDATE: The Storm Prediction Center has extended the Tornado Watch for Taney, Ozark, Douglas and Howell Counties until 2 a.m. Monday.

7:15 p.m. UPDATE: A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of southern Webster, northwestern Douglas, and eastern Christian Counties through 7:45 p.m. The National Weather Service says wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are possible with this storm as it moves through Sparta, Garrison, Oldfield, Chadwick and Bruner.

7:05 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service says the Storm Prediction Center plans to re-issue the current Tornado Watch for the same counties as the tornado threat will extend past the original 8 p.m. expiration time.

6:00 p.m. UPDATE: The National Weather Service says locations along and southeast of a line from Branson to West Plains are south of the front and instability is increasing with the front. These locations also have not seen any storms recently. The weather service will be closely watching the activity in northwest Arkansas to see if they increase in intensity as they track across the state line. We’ve had reports of pea size hail in Barry and Lawrence Counties as storms moved through late Sunday afternoon, and a lightning strike in Camden County took out a Road and Bridge radio tower. Hail was reported in Camdenton. A Flood Advisory has been issued for Greene, Christian, Webster, lLawrence, Newton and Stone Counties until 12:00 a.m.

4:30 p.m. UPDATE: A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of south central Polk, northwestern Greene and southeastern Dade Counties through 5:00 p.m. The National Weather Service says doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Ash Grove, moving northeast at 50 miles per hour. Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and half inch hail are possible in the Willard, Walnut Grove, Morrisville, Ash Grove, Pleasant Hope and Brighton areas. The weather service says this storm is showing signs of weakening some and is moving into a more stable air mass, so the weaking trend is likely to continue.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. Sunday for Taney, Ozark, Douglas and Howell Counties in the southern Ozarks extending into south central Missouri.

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms have expanded into southern Missouri Sunday afternoon.

Strong to severe storms will be possible, mainly during the 5 p.m. to midnight time frame, primarily south of Interstate 44.

Damaging wind gusts to 70 miles per hour, hail to the size of quarters and a tornado or two are the primary threats.

A front will continue to move north of locations generally along and southeast of a Branson to Eminence line late Sunday afternoon into the evening.

Instability will increase south of this line and low level shear will increase early Sunday evening.

Storms will continue to develop and move northeast across the area.

The biggest severe weather risk will be along and south of that Branson to Eminence line between 4 and 9 p.m.

Again, all modes of severe weather are possible in these areas.

We’ll keep you up to date with any warnings with live updates on 93.3 A-M 560 KWTO.

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