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Stone and Taney Counties are Two Missouri Counties that Sustained Damage From Storms

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 Emergency crews are out this morning to clear the debris caused by a storm that brought damage to Taney and Stone County. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.           

The severe weather overnight in Branson Injured roughly 30 people and caused moderate damage along Highway 76.

 According to Taney County Commissioner Jim Strafusf, about half of Branson is without electricity from the storm.

 “Very isolated damage, it was a narrow band of storm. Started on the west side of the county and basically drew a straight line through the county. Hitting Branson down the 76 strip area and moving over to areas called T Highway,” said Strafusf.

Similar damage in Stone County left only four injured but more damage to property, according to Stone County Commissioner Dennis Wood.

 “Between fifty and sixty homes in Stone County that we’re aware of now that have either severe damage or total damage. We’ve got boat docks that are upside down and pretty severe damage. We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had any major injuries to our knowledge. Emergency people are out working,” says Wood.

Both commissioners recommend trying to reach anyone within the two areas on their cell phones since telephone poles are down in both locations.

Emergency crews have been working since the morning to assess the damage. Strafusf says  the crews are working to fix transformers and remove downed power lines.

 “Obviously everything is cleared up now, cleared up from the storm perspective. Now we are on guard working with the Taney county health department to make sure that no one gets injured during clean up. They’ll be a lot of nails, a lot of glass broken. One of our biggest hotels our convention center hotel  had about 30 percent of its windows blown out so a lot of flying glass, a lot of material like that,” says Strafusf.

The commissioners remind residents of the areas to keep out of harm’s way while emergency crews remove hazardous debris.

For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.