We are fine.
The sirens went off at 1:00 am so Bob and I grabbed the dog, went down to the basement, where we met Mom, who had been awakened by the hail. Storm was bad but could tell that we weren’t in danger.
It skipped across the lake, due east of us, and the tornado hit the Kimberling City, MO area. Pretty extensive damage to homes, condos, the Inn and the two marinas. Then the tornado headed east to Branson, touched down on to the 76 strip (the theater and restaurant district). It hopped and skipped along the strip, taking a few roofs and upper floors of motels with it. Power poles were a tangled mess down 76. Went through a residential area, on to the historical downtown, then across the lake to Mt Branson.
The good news is, locally, only a few minor injuries, though there were two reported fatalities in the region. And, once the power lines are back up and the debris is cleaned up, it won’t look that bad. We are very fortunate.
You can see pictures at www.hometowndailynews.com
After Joplin last year, I don’t fool around with these storms. As soon as I hear those sirens, we are in the basement. And I would like to remind you that the spring may bring us all violent storms and I ask that you have a plan in place, where to go and be safe. Get a weather radio and make sure you have all those things that we all know we should have – flashlight, batteries, water, valuables, insurance papers – where you can reach them in an emergency.
It is so much better to be safe than sorry.
So this too is part of the course of our seasons! Be safe, my friend!