Damaging winds from a severe storm Monday evening knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands in Morgan County and the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative service area without power overnight and into Tuesday.
While there were reports of a tornado spotted in southern Morgan County, according to the Morgan County 911 & Emergency Management Facebook page, those reports have not been confirmed at this time. Emergency Management Director Rick Bias is visiting sites around the county this morning for damage reports and to try to confirm whether any tornadoes touched down in Morgan County last night.
Around 9-10 p.m. Monday, the county had taken several calls of trees and power lines down, but no injuries have been reported at this time.
While the National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning for Morgan County, the 911 dispatch center did issue a tornado warning as the storm blew through the area. According to Emergency Management Director Rick Bias, the decision was made after 9-1-1 calls reporting possible tornado and a trained, experienced weather spotter reporting a wall cloud in the southern portion of Morgan County.
Co-Mo reported crews working all night to restore power to more than 6,000 members. As of 9 a.m. more than 1,600 members were without electricity, including approximately 92 in the Versailles zip code, 286 in the Gravois Mills zip code, 253 in the Sunrise Beach zip code and 509 in the Stover zip code as well as scattered outages in other areas.
About 5 percent of the service area was without power this morning.
The cooperative had restored power to more than 4,000 members as of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.