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  • Severe weather hits much of the lake area

  • Severe weather Thursday prompted numerous thunderstorm and tornado warnings throughout the day with reports of funnel clouds in the most populated areas of the lake.
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  • Severe weather Thursday prompted numerous thunderstorm and tornado warnings throughout the day with reports of funnel clouds in the most populated areas of the lake.
    Between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. a vicious storm swept across the lake area with radar-indicated rotation. The Laurie area was hit hard by winds estimated at more than 40 miles per hour. As the storm continued eastward over the Lake of the Ozarks, residents reported seeing funnel clouds near Prewitt's Pointe in east Osage Beach and near Bagnell Dam.
    Those funnel cloud sighting are unconfirmed. Portions of Osage Beach near Route KK lost power during the storm.
    Osage Beach Police Chief Todd Davis said about an hour after the storm rolled through that there had been no reports of damage. Davis said the city saw strong winds and heavy rains.
    Camden County Emergency Management Agency Director John Page said he expects the nasty weather to last well into the evening Thursday.
    The busy weather day started around lunchtime with heavy rains, thunder and lightning in Camden County. The midday storm was just a prelude to an afternoon that kept the eyes of lake-area residents turned to the sky.
    Around 2 p.m., a tornado warned cell tracked into the lake area from Hickory County to the west. Meteorologists were concerned about the possibility of rotation near the Macks Creek area, but the storm weakened as it approached Camdenton. Tornado sirens sounded in Ivy Bend, Morgan County and Osage Beach with that particular storm.
     
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