Damage reports: The Camden County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a tree limb falling on a vehicle while it was being driven on South Highway 7. The vehicle was damaged, but the occupants were uninjured. There was also a report of a tree down on a home in Camdenton. No one was injured in that incident either, according to authorities.
Heavy thunderstorms along with high winds swept through the Lake of the Ozarks Wednesday afternoon for roughly three hours causing hazardous driving conditions, widespread power outages and reports of trees and limbs being down.
The area hardest hit for power outages looked to be Laclede Electric in Camdenton where a customer service representative told the Lake Sun their crews were working on three separate outages with one caused by high winds toppling a radio communications tower into power lines.
The Camdenton Police Department, Camdenton Fire Department and Camdenton Public Works Department responded to several reports of storm damage throughout the City after the severe thunderstorm that first came through around 2 p.m. July 13. Police Chief Laura Wright reported a tree down at Kansas and Osage streets that blocked the road. There was one tree reported down at Camdenton City park and several other trees damaged within the city but those were all on private property.
Wright said no one was injured when a tree hit a home on Hazel Street.
Camden County reported similar types of damage throughout the county.
The sheriff’s office reported several areas of power outages throughout the county due to the high winds and tree limbs falling. Several county roads also became impassable due to trees and limbs blocking the roadways, however this was remedied quickly by the local fire departments, the county road and bridge departments and deputies, according to Lt. Bart Sims.
While the sheriff’s office did not receive any calls of home or dock damage caused by the storm nor any serious motor vehicle accidents, they did respond to a call of a tree limb falling on a vehicle while it was being driven on South Highway 7. The vehicle was damaged, but the occupants were uninjured, according to Sims.
The early afternoon storm also caught several boaters by surprise stranding them on the lake when high winds and rain caused problems navigating. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division received reports that several boats and docks were ripped loose from their moorings and were adrift. There was also some damage to docks.
There were numerous reports of downed power lines and trees on social media. Along Highway 54 and Highways 5 and 7, there were reports of water-logged stretches of roads and deep puddles that caused traffic to slow down for most of the afternoon.
Around 3 p.m., numerous Lake Sun readers reported on social media of power outages in Camdenton, Gravois Mills, Iberia and Osage Beach. In the Lake Area Happenings Facebook group, there were numerous reports of outages across the tri-county area as well as a minor traffic holdup on the Hurricane Deck Bridge during the storm with unconfirmed reports of an accident.
There was also numerous reports of pea-sized hail near Camdenton by several commenters on some comment threads related to the storm.
The National Weather Service in Springfield issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the tri-county area that was extended until 6 p.m. on Wednesday with the possibility of 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.
The National Weather Service forecast discussion for the area said the active pattern would continue July 14 as another storm is expected to develop across Kansas and move east across the area Thursday afternoon and evening. There was a possibility for brief, but heavy rainfall and frequent lightning along with potential damaging straight line winds and hail the size of quarters, according to the NWS discussion.
Highs on Thursday are expected to again be warm into the low 90s, though storms could impact those temperatures when they move through.