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Lightning blasts the evening sky over Springfield Image by Photo by Kelly Stevens
Springfield saw more high winds than rain Saturday night when a flat-bed truck was flipped by high winds some 20-yards at the Ozark Empire Fair.
National Weather Service Meterologist Doug Cramer tells KTTS that the E-Plex had to be used as a shelter twice during the night by emergency management workers as a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for Greene County.
The fair had closed for the night, so only workers and exhibitors were on the grounds.
Cramer says Springfield only saw seven-tenths-of-an-inch of rain, but he hopes that is the start of what he calls a 'drought buster'.
Places to the east and southeast of Springfield saw much more rain soak into the parched soil... two to four inches was recorded in Houston, Squires, and Thornfield.
While those places saw more rain, some 3,000 customers of White River Valley have been dealing without power in the dark and no electricity to run air conditioners and fans.
In Taney County a tree fell on a house near Walnut Shade close to Goodnight Hollow and Round Mountain Roads.
More damage was reported around the Kansas/Missouri line eastward.
Power poles, trees and outbuildings were blown down in Jasper, north of Joplin and Avilla where Cramer says the NWS thinks a microburst hit.
Trees were down in Polk and Dallas Counties.
In Christian County one report says a fairly large tree smashed on top of a roof at Highlandville.
Dime, penny and nickel-sized hail was reported in various spots, and lightning strikes caused a few structure fires with one being in Marshfield.
Officials will be able to make a better assessment on the damage once the sun comes up and they can take ATVs out into wooded areas.
No injuries have been reported.
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