The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 18, 2013

Strong storms prompt tornado warnings in Jasper, Newton Counties

By Ryan Richardson
From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A strong squall line moved through Jasper and Newton Counties at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, resulting in tornado warnings for several area counties.

According to area sheriff's departments, no funnel touchdowns were reported through the area as of 2:55 a.m. Reports of downed limbs and sparse power outages were reported in McDonald County.

According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, Mo., a significant line developed in eastern Oklahoma that indicated possible tornados. National Weather Service - Springfield meteorologist Ryan Kandell said that line of storms was different that a traditional supercell normally associated with strong tornados.

"As the line moved further east out of Oklahoma, we had several areas of concern that indicated possible tornados," Kandell said. "Several areas of rotation were indicated along a line, which prompted us to issue warnings for southwestern Missouri."

Kandell said that the line had moved out of the area as of 3:15 a.m. on an easterly path. He also confirmed that there were no reported funnels or damage, though that could change tomorrow.

"We don't typically see a lot of damage for an overnight storm because of the lack of light," Kandell said. "Once daylight hits, we will be able to assess any damage that these storms might have caused."

Heavy rains and large hail accompanied the fast-moving storm through much of the area. Joplin Regional Airport confirmed that 1.86' of rain had fallen overnight. The NWS also confirmed quarter-sized hail near Seneca, Mo. A flash flood warning is in effect for Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald Counties until 9 a.m. Thursday.