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Tornado Touches Down in Ozark

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in the city of Ozark Tuesday night. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

A tornado damages a school and several homes in the city of Ozark. Authorities say the twister touched down briefly last night, damaging equipment and a field observation tower at Ozark High School. Doug Cramer is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says the weather service sent its warning coordinator Steve Runnels to the site to investigate.

"He confirmed a weak tornado had touched down near the tennis courts on the middle school grounds. Then it tracked to the northeast and eventually went across the soccer field at the high school. Then it continued to track northeast across some northern portions of Ozark."

Cramer says the storm that spawned this tornado did not fit the classic description of a tornado-producing storm.

"It was not a super cell thunderstorm. It was more of a pulse-like thunderstorm. These storms tend to be weak. Sometimes they produce weak down bursts of wind. What we think could've happened was this storm blew up on a boundary intersection."

So far, no injuries have been reported.