CASSVILLE, Mo. – The tornadoes were smaller during this round of severe weather but the hail was considerably bigger, and it caused plenty of damage across the Ozarks.
Two small tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service, one in Forsyth and one in Butterfield, no one was injured.
In Cassville, residents say Thursday night’s storm sounded like a tornado at times but it turned out to be strong winds and large hail.
“There were a few pretty big chunks coming down but on average, a little larger than a golf ball,” says resident Dean Tolbert. “But still, no piece smaller than a golf ball.”
Tolbert spent part of his Friday afternoon at B & K Autobody. His Toyota had dents on every panel, cracks in the windshield and shattered glass in the backseat from a window.
“Went outside and looked at my car [last night], didn’t really like what I saw,” he says. “But, you know, it is what is, everyone is ok.”
Tolbert’s car is one of roughly 25 B & K Autobody conducted damage estimates on Thursday.
Garrett Kirk, who works on paintless dent repair, says some assessments could be performed at the shop but, in many cases, they were having to go to the homes of those with severe hail damage.
“[Today] has been hectic, it’s been really crazy,” Kirk says.
“I’ve been having estimates come in all throughout the morning and I’ve got more coming in throughout the afternoon,” he says.
Kirk estimates the damage on Tolbert’s Toyota to be in the neighborhood of $3,500. But he says even if someone doesn’t think their hail damage is as serious as Tolbert’s, it can still pay to have a professional take a look.
“There’s some dents that are kind of smaller that most people miss,” he says, “because they don’t have a certain light or don’t have a certain angle to see it.”
Tolbert says most cars can be turned around in three days, be he says there could be delays due to the number of cars damaged in the storm.