Southwest Missouri Finally Gets Drenching Rain

1.5 Inches of Rain Fell in Two Hours

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Southwest Missouri is part of a wide swath of the western part of the state under the worst possible drought category. The rest of the area suffers through "extreme " drought conditions. Although it may be too late to save crops in the area, the region finally got drenching rain that hasn't fallen since May.

* The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for three counties. As much as 1.5 inches of rain fell in two hours early Thursday evening. Water runoff from the storms posed a flooding threat as the advisory lasted until 1 a.m. Friday.

* Storms rumbled through the area bringing with it much-needed precipitation. There were also high winds associated with the system as it moved from west to east. One-inch hail was reported in southern Webster County just before 1 p.m. CT. By 2:30 p.m., 70 mph winds were reported further to the east in Shannon County, according to the National Weather Service's preliminary storm report .

* Around 5:30 p.m., 2.75-inch hail was reported in Lawrence County in Pierce City. Vehicles reported damage from the large hailstones. Along with hail, 50-60 mph winds were observed. In Nixa, south of Springfield, five-inch tree limbs blocked a portion of Highway CC just east of Main St.

* Weather spotters took photos of hail, rain and wind damage. KYTV has 23 pictures posted to its website so far.

* The Springfield News-Leader reports that despite the rain, the city is still 11 inches behind its rainfall total for the year. Megan Terry of the National Weather Service told the media outlet it would take five more storms such as these to make up the remaining deficit.

* Fewer than 100 electrical customers in Springfield called to report power outages to City Utilities. Officials say infrastructure improvements and tree trimming were the reasons for relatively few outages.

* Lightning struck one house in rural Wright County northwest of Hartville. Two women, a mother and daughter, were taken to a local hospital and later released. KOLR 10 reports the lightning strike charred portions of the kitchen.

* A mobile home in Verona had its roof blown off by strong winds. The American Red Cross is stepping in to help both residents of the home who are disabled. After the roof blew off, rain soaked the living room, according to KOLR.

* KTTS states a severe thunderstorm watch lasted until 8 p.m. CT. Storms started around 1 p.m. at various locations around the Ozarks.

William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.

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