SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the entire Ozarks area from Friday afternoon until 1 a.m. Saturday.
A tornado warning was issued for Christian, Douglas and Taney counties until 6:30 p.m. - golf ball sized hall and a tornado are possible.
The tornado watch is in effect for the following Missouri counties: Bates, Vernon, Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Henry, St. Clair, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence, Barry, Hickory, Polk, Greene, Christian, Stone, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Douglas, Wright, Laclede, Taney, Ozark, Miller, Pulaski, Texas, Howell, Maries, Phelps, Dent, Shannon and Oregon.
In Arkansas the following counties are under a tornado watch: Benton, Carroll, Washington, Madison, Boone, Newton, Marion, Searcy, Baxter, Stone, Fulton, Izard and Sharp.
According to the NWS, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Taney County and southeastern Stone County until 6:15 p.m.
The NWS provided the following severe weather tips:
To report severe weather, contact your nearest law enforcement agency. They will send your report to the National Weather Service office in Springfield.
Intense thunderstorm lines can produce brief tornadoes and widespread significant wind damage. Although a tornado is not immediately likely, it is best to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. This storm may cause serious injury and significant property damage.
If on or near Table Rock Lake, get away from the water and move indoors or inside a vehicle. Remember, lightning can strike out to 15 miles from the parent thunderstorm. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Move to safe shelter now! Do not be caught on the water in a thunderstorm.
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