Sunday, May 28, 2017

Severe Weather Outbreak Persists as Storms Hit South; Hail Damage Reported in Richmond, Virginia

Pam Wright and Sean Breslin
Published: May 28,2017

A severe weather outbreak that began Saturday continued into Sunday morning as a handful of states across the South and mid-South reported damage from strong winds and large hail.
Softball-sized hail clobbered parts of Missouri Saturday afternoon as severe thunderstorms were underway in the Ozarks.
According to the National Weather Service, a confirmed radar-indicated tornado was reported near Twin Bridges, Missouri, but there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
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Another suspected tornado was reported near Falcon, Missouri, and emergency management reported damage from another possible tornado near Laclede. Later in the evening, another tornado was reported near Welty, Oklahoma, a town located south of Interstate 44 between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. There were no notable reports of damage with that reported tornado.
In Memphis, Tennessee, strong winds took down the Tom Lee memorial obelisk at Tom Lee Park Sunday, WMC Action News 5 reports.
Memphis Light, Gas & Water reported that 155,353 of its customers remained without power Sunday.
In Oklahoma, more than 1,200 Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power Sunday due to severe storms in the area. About 600 Public Service Company of Oklahoma customers were also powerless.
Photos posted to social media showed hailstones ranging in size from marbles to grapefruits near Adrian, Missouri, in Bates County.
There have also been reports of downed power lines in Henry County as winds gusted to 70 mph, while in Gravois Mills, significant damage to roofs and other structures was reported.
More than 25,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Show Me State Saturday night. In Branson, storm shelters were set up ahead of time for campers during the holiday weekend, reported.
In Miami County, Kansas, there were reports of damaged fences and downed power lines near U.S. 69 and 223rd Street, according to
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Numerous trees were downed in Creal Springs, Illinois. Additional damage was reported in the town of Jonesboro.
Lightning struck a tree in Clay City, Kentucky, Saturday afternoon, which subsequently fell on a home, according to the NWS. Some 20,000 customers lost power statewide Saturday night.
Flooding was also a problem in Kentucky Saturday evening. Roads were covered in flood water in the town of Campbellsville, and a mudslide was reported in Clementsville. As a result, a flash flood emergency was issued and parts of Highway 70 were closed.
In Carter County, Kentucky, one home was threatened by a rockslide that closed a road, according to A crew sent to intercept the rockslide was successful, but the family was urged to go elsewhere for the night, the report added.

Large Hail Damages Cars in Virginia

Another line of storms marched through Virginia Saturday evening, where large hail punched through car windows in the Richmond area.
Hail as large as hen eggs fell in Richmond during the storms, according to a report from the NWS. On social media, residents shared images of vehicle damage from the large hail, while others posted videos of the big hailstones bouncing off the ground as they fell.
It was not immediately known if the hailstorm injured anyone in the Richmond area.

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