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Strong Tornado Hits Branson Missouri
kfsm via twitter ^ | 29 Feb 2012

Posted on 02/29/2012 12:18:25 AM PST by FourPeas

Reports via twitter and storm spotters on WeatherTap that a strong tornado has hit Branson, Missouri. Significant damage reported in populated areas. Damage reported to Capri Inn.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: branson; tornado; weather

1 posted on 02/29/2012 12:18:32 AM PST by FourPeas
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To: FourPeas

Ooops, forgot to include that around the same time tornado reports were received from Kimberling City, Missouri.

(source stormspotter on WeatherTap)


2 posted on 02/29/2012 12:20:23 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Prayers for those involved.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 12:25:56 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: FourPeas

Springfield MO source

http://www.ky3.com/news/ky3-story-ozarks-storms-20120228,0,3959664.story


4 posted on 02/29/2012 12:27:31 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

from ky3:

At 1:25 a.m., a tornado moved through Branson. People reported roofs damaged, power lines down and large mature trees toppled in downtown Branson and other areas, and other damage, including the strip along Missour 76. One person reported damage and people trapped on Mount Branson, east of downtown Branson across Lake Taneycomo, and in Hollister.

Before that storm got to Branson, it did damage in the Kimberling City area. Five houses are reported to be damaged in the Joe Bald area. Power lines were down. Southern Stone County firefighters were trying to reach damaged areas.

At 1:35, the tornado was reported to be heading toward Powersite Dam east of Forsyth, and damage was reported in that area as the storm headed into Ozark County.

Shortly before 1 a.m., reports started coming into Greene County Emergency Management and law enforcement officials that the storm damaged a trailer park near Fair Grove and injured some people. That information was unconfirmed as of 12:55 a.m.

Also shortly before 1 a.m., Laclede County Emergency Management received reports of a trailer park being damaged near Bennett Spring State Park on the Dallas-Laclede county line. Dallas County Emergency Management had reports of damage south of Buffalo but was having trouble getting emergency responders there because of downed power lines.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 12:29:08 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

That really sucks. Branson has become a serious destination resort town. It could be really bad.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 12:33:44 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: FourPeas

A tornado on the ground was reported west of Branson at 1:15 a.m. in the Kimberling City, Indian Point and Silver Dollar City area. The system headed toward Branson, Hollister, Merriam Woods and Forsyth. Power outages were reported in Branson at 1:20 a.m. and a tornado was reported shortly after that to be moving through the city, causing damage to roofs, power lines and trees.


7 posted on 02/29/2012 12:35:49 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Reports at Twitter: “It starts at Blue Bayou and goes all the way down the strip”


8 posted on 02/29/2012 12:39:37 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Keep the reports coming. I can’t sleep due to friend right in that area. Thanks.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 12:52:23 AM PST by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: FourPeas

Twitter reports at https://twitter.com/#!/Made_Dad

Appears to be valid. Prior tweets report him in that area of MO.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 12:57:36 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Various eyewitess report Holiday Inn Express and Leisure Country Inn both hit. No casualties or injuries reported (yet?).


11 posted on 02/29/2012 1:00:25 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Made_Dad’s on-scene photos found at https://yfrog.com/h2z79bej


12 posted on 02/29/2012 1:04:30 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas
Roof and wall debris


13 posted on 02/29/2012 1:06:52 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: SierraWasp

Praying for your friend.


14 posted on 02/29/2012 1:08:39 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Scanner feed for Taney County

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=cwp&ctid=1584


15 posted on 02/29/2012 1:13:15 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Tulsa AM Radio KRMG Tweet

BREAKING: Multiple injuries, trapped people, power lines down, cars flipped, gas leak in Branson, after tornado. KRMG has reporter en route.


16 posted on 02/29/2012 1:16:29 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Blue Bayou Motor Inn & Best Western reportedly destroyed.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 1:23:08 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas
Tweet: (Branson)Mayor Presley ‏ @bransonmayor Branson has sustained damage but it is limited to certain areas. Please retweet. Appreciate your prayers. #Branson
18 posted on 02/29/2012 1:25:44 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

Reported that everyone OK at Best Western Inn


19 posted on 02/29/2012 1:27:05 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas

How far from Branson is Forsyth? A friend lives there and I can’t help but be concerned.

I’m also concerned about what this system will do in TN when it hits us later today. Our farm was hit by a tornado last April and we’re praying we don’t get another one any time soon.

Prayers sent for any and all who have been caught in this tornado. I understand all too well.


20 posted on 02/29/2012 1:39:47 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: FourPeas

News slowly coming out. Most news crews & emergency help still en route. Time for me to sleep. Pray for Branson, especially the emergency services personnel who’ll be working through the night.


21 posted on 02/29/2012 1:40:08 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: radu
Down town Branson to Down town Forsyth is about 12 miles as the crow flies.

On KY3 TV I did not hear reports of damage in the Forsyth area, however they had their weather personnel live on the air with radar and new warnings and watches which being updated every few minutes.

Damage reports from the NOAA Springfield, Missouri office can be found at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=LSR&node=KSGF

22 posted on 02/29/2012 2:01:35 AM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: FourPeas
A caller to a local TV station reported the Taco Bell on the 76 Strip ( the west side of town ) was leveled.

Hopefully they were closed at the time the storm hit.

23 posted on 02/29/2012 2:08:46 AM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: FourPeas
A couple more pics from Branson:

The Branson Variety Theater:


Hope he took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program (else he paid way too much for a pile of scrap metal):


Hope and pray everyone is alright.
24 posted on 02/29/2012 2:13:51 AM PST by DoctorBulldog (Obama Sucks!!!)
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To: FourPeas

I saw on TV that there was also a tornado in Nebraska, the first ever to be recorded in February.

Prayers for those affected by the MO storm.

the season seems to be starting just a tad early!


25 posted on 02/29/2012 2:18:12 AM PST by PrairieLady2
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To: TYVets

Thanks for the info. Maybe Forsyth was missed. I sent a “health and welfare check” email to my friend and hope to get an “all’s well” reply later today.

Thanks for the link. I’ll give it a quick peek, then it’s off to bed for a few winks.


26 posted on 02/29/2012 3:58:39 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: FourPeas

Prayers


27 posted on 02/29/2012 4:06:36 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: FourPeas

Oh no.


28 posted on 02/29/2012 4:21:11 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Good-bye, Peter Breck. Thank you.)
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To: FourPeas

Dear Missouri,
Once again we stand with you in prayer and offer any help we can. Prayers up.


29 posted on 02/29/2012 4:59:22 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: FourPeas

FoxNews/F&F just reported one dead, 13 hurt in the Branson area.

Some still trapped in damaged homes/buildings. Searchers going door-to-door to check on possible survivors and damage.

Theater area received damage.


30 posted on 02/29/2012 5:04:15 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: PrairieLady2

Where in Nebraska was the tornado reported? I’m in Omaha, the sirens didn’t go off, but we did have 30+ knot winds all night. Our official tornado season kicks off 1 April.


31 posted on 02/29/2012 5:12:07 AM PST by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: TomGuy
Branson Walmart (via twitter)


32 posted on 02/29/2012 5:20:17 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas
Branson apt complex


33 posted on 02/29/2012 5:23:33 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: FourPeas
Nature's Sunshine on 76

Burger Shack on the strip


34 posted on 02/29/2012 5:32:51 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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Oh no. We went there for our honeymoon (yes, we went to an old folk’s place).

Nice area.


35 posted on 02/29/2012 6:13:41 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: FourPeas
Hilton


36 posted on 02/29/2012 6:15:28 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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I feel for those affected last night. I’m in South Central MO and have been nervous since Monday morning when I heard what was coming our way. Last night the weather radio went off around 12:40 am and not only announced high winds and possible hail but a tornado spotted just north of us by my buddy’s small town.

Nature is getting really pissed the last number of years. In this area it seems like 2 or 3 times a year we get wicked winds, rains, and sometimes tornados. I don’t think this is normal for here. How folks in KS and OK deal with this all the time I’ll never know.

In ‘09 I believe we had what was called an inland hurricane. Over 90 mph winds in bursts in some areas. I had huge old oaks pushed down all the property (loss of 30 maybe 40 trees). Have had a few other ugly storms hit since then too with tree loss.


37 posted on 02/29/2012 6:29:43 AM PST by roofgoat
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Just saw this. Looks like there could be some areas that are really hit bad.

38 posted on 02/29/2012 7:20:47 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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39 posted on 02/29/2012 7:24:19 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Just another Joe

Snapped off a few dead limbs here last night, but no damage. It sounded bad when it was going over. With all the destruction in Branson, it is surprising that there were not more injuries.


40 posted on 02/29/2012 7:28:08 AM PST by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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My sister-in-law and her husband lost one of their old time photo stores and another has water damage. *sigh* It’s going to be awful for them for awhile. Just breaks my heart. I’m so thankful they weren’t hurt.


41 posted on 02/29/2012 7:35:59 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: FourPeas
Thanks for the pics. They were hit fairly hard. I've seen worse, but not by much.

I can't imagine how terrified the people in Branson must have been. I've never experienced a tornado, and hope that I never do.

42 posted on 02/29/2012 7:37:00 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: FourPeas
Home in Hiawatha Heights


43 posted on 02/29/2012 7:39:03 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: trisham
Here's one more pic. It's at the military museum in Branson. Those of you familiar with the area will know where it is. The P-51 was mounted on that stand in front of it.


44 posted on 02/29/2012 7:49:51 AM PST by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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It’s going to take the people of Branson a long time to clean up and repair the damage. What a shame.


45 posted on 02/29/2012 8:07:14 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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It is a shame. Branson is a nice place. I looked at Google Earth to see what the ground track was based on photos of known landmarks. Based on that, it looks like it missed most of the area west and northwest of the Walmart on Highway 76. That’s where a couple of Ripley’s museums are along with the Titanic show and further northwest is RFD TV. The window damage at the Hilton was probably due to windblown debris. The Hilton sits geographicly much lower than the main tourist area. Still, it’s sad to see how bad things are there. The good thing is there were no deaths reported in Branson that I’ve heard of. They dodged a huge bullet in that regard. Prayers up for all those affected by this outbreak of storms.


46 posted on 02/29/2012 8:28:52 AM PST by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: NCC-1701
We have relatives who visited there a number of years ago and loved it. It's my understanding that it's a family oriented place, which is a very good thing these days.

I haven't heard of any deaths either, and I hope that there were no serious injuries. We can always repair and rebuild.

47 posted on 02/29/2012 8:45:14 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: samiam1972

Prayers offered for your family. February is such an odd time for a tornado. Just before their busy season starts is really a bad time, too.


48 posted on 02/29/2012 9:46:51 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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Thanks for the photos.

Praying for everyone who hs been affected by these terrible storms.


49 posted on 02/29/2012 11:10:50 AM PST by GracieOMalley
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To: FourPeas

My office is in downtown Branson. The building was closed this morning as power and phone lines were down, and there was quite a bit of debris strewn about. I got down here about 3 pm, and my power, phones, and internet are working now. There was a some damage to the roof and some of the windows of my office building, but we got off relatively unscathed. I can see the Hilton from my window, though, and it looks pretty bad.


50 posted on 02/29/2012 1:56:03 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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