Storms damage boats, lead to wreck

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EF-0 tornado confirmed in Shell Knob

Heavy storms early Friday morning led to damage to boats on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, as well as multiple reports of tree damage, one of which caused a wreck with injury at 4:40 a.m. on Farm Road 2180, one mile east of Cassville.

In Shell Knob, emergency management reported docks on Table Rock Lake had been damaged, and boats were upside down in the water on Farm Road 1252. Tree damage was also reported.

According to the National Weather Service, an EF-0 tornado caused the damage at docks near the Highway 39 bridge. Multiple boats were damaged, as well as trees and power lines.

In total, four docks sustained damage, including one at The Timbers Resort.

Further north in Cassville, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Andrew Adkins, 22, of Cassville, was driving a 1997 Ford F150 eastbound when his vehicle struck a tree that had fallen in the roadway.

Adkins suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Cassville.

He was wearing a safety device, and the vehicle sustained moderate damage.

Elsewhere in the county, trees were reported down on Highway 39 north of Farm Road 2135, southeast of Jenkins, and a large tree blocked the roadway on Farm Road 1100 near Farm Road 2205. The exterior wall of a barn in Cassville was also blown out due to strong winds.

David Compton, Barry County Emergency Management director, said officials are watching for another round of severe weather over the Memorial Day weekend.

“While it is still a little early to determine specifics, we would like to identify any large gatherings scheduled during the Thursday through Monday period,” he said. “If confidence is moderate to high that any form of severe weather will occur this weekend, Barry County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will coordinate decision support conference calls with the National Weather Service, event coordinators, response agencies, dispatch centers, and OEM staff to discuss specific forecasts and contingency or response plans for Barry County event locations.”

Compton asked that anyone with an event scheduled email with the following information: name of event, location and address, date and time of the event, expected attendance and event coordinator contact information.

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