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Severe Storms Cause Damage in the Ozarks


Tornado warnings were issued in several Southern Missouri counties this morning as severe storms moved thru the Ozarks. One of those counties was Douglas. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Ava sustained some heavy damage from severe storms early this morning. The National Weather Service plans to send a team there this afternoon to determine if it was a tornado that hit the area. Between 5 and 6 am, the weather service put Ava under a tornado warning and the Douglas County Emergency Management Office sounded the sirens and opened the courthouse for shelter.

Theresa Tost is co-director of the Douglas County Emergency Management Office. She says the storms left behind some significant damage, though no injuries were reported. Ava lost power when the storms hit, and there's a lot of structural damage.

The American Red Cross has sent its emergency response vehicle to Ava, and its disaster action team will help assess damage.

Schools are closed today in Ava, Galena and Ozark due to power outages. Damage was reported in other areas of the Ozarks, too, including Hollister and other parts of Taney County. Trees and power lines are down, and billboards were blown over south of Springfield and between Branson and Ozark along Highway 65.

In Northern Arkansas, a teenage girl was killed in Siloam Springs when a tree fell thru the bedroom where she was sleeping.

For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.