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Update: Severe Storms Cause Damage to Parts of the Ozarks

William Andrus

The National Weather Service has confirmed six tornadoes during storms Sunday afternoon and evening in the Missouri Ozarks. 

An EF1 tornado with top wind speeds of 90 miles per hour was on the ground south of Aurora just after 6:30 Sunday night.  The storm damaged mobile homes and outbuildings, uprooted trees and took down power lines.

An EF0 twister touched down near Diggins Sunday afternoon with peak winds of 80 miles per hour.  It was on the ground for four miles, uprooting a tree and downing tree limbs.

Other tornadoes were confirmed in Barton and Vernon Counties.  There were no injuries.

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Severe storms moved through parts of the Ozarks Sunday night prompting the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings.

There were reports by spotters of tornadoes on the ground near Marionville, Aurora and Diggins.  And the NWS was able to confirm one of those.

"We did find a very brief touchdown just south of Diggins yesterday," said NWS Meteorologist Drew Albert.  "We did have time to send a survey crew out, and they did find I think a very very small area of damage--damage to limbs and one uprooted tree--with that, so it was rated an EF0."

That touchdown occurred at 3:32 p.m., according to Albert.  The more notable damage, he said, occurred in the Aurora area in the early evening.

"We did get numerous reports of damage south and east of...the population center of town, and it occurred mostly in the rural areas there just south and east of Aurora and then it looks like it probably lifted  before it got up towards Marionville," he said.

A roof was blown off a barn in Polk County, likely due to high winds, said Albert, and trees downin parts of southwest Missouri.  Power lines were down in Republic. 

Albert said crews will go out this morning to survey damage and determine if tornadoes did, in fact, touch down and their strength.

One team will head to Lawrence and Barry Counties, according to the National Weather Service, and another will go to Barton and Vernon Counties.  Crews might also survey damage in McDonald and Newton Counties and in Polk County.