Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09120005


March 01, 2012

Severe Storms - Situation Report 1 p.m. March 1


Tornadoes and high winds that entered southwest Missouri beginning late at night on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and continued across the state in the early morning hours resulted in the loss of three lives, numerous injuries and significant property damage.  In the morning of Feb. 29, Gov. Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 12-03 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri. That afternoon, Gov. Nixon  activating the National Guard for duties in the disaster area.

Electric Outages

Ameren Missouri: 113 system-wide

KCP&L: 0

Empire Electric: Roughly 2500 in Branson area and 500 in Buffalo area.


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Forecast Information 

Another strong storm system will impact the Ozark region late tonight into Friday morning.  Strong to severe storms will begin to develop from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday morning.  The best chance for severe storms will be from 6 a.m. to noon on Friday before the storms move off to the east of the area.  The primary threat will be large hail up to the size of golf balls and damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph.  An isolated tornado threat will be possible over the Eastern Ozarks Friday morning before the storm system moves off to the Ohio River Valley region.

Reports by Region

Region D

Barry County – Reported a few homes damaged with one fatality and 25 injuries.  None of the injuries was life threatening. 

Barton County – Reported eight homes and six businesses with minor damage. 

Dallas County – Reported one fatality in Buffalo from a mobile home and 13 injured.  Fifteen mobile homes in a mobile home park were destroyed.

Cedar County – had five homes damaged and damage to the Stockton Airport.  The Airport is operational.

Polk County – reported six homes with major damage, six with minor damage and 20 others affected.

Stone County – Reported 54 homes damaged with 22 destroyed homes located south of Kimberling City.  The Kimberling Inn was destroyed.  Ameri-Corps is currently assisting the county with volunteer coordination and clean-up.

Taney County/Branson – Thirty-three injuries reported, all but one were treated and released.  One serious injury was transferred to Springfield.  The ARC has one shelter open at the Branson Rec-Plex with 53 residents the night of February 29.  Branson has 41 homes destroyed and feels that the number will rise with further assessment.  Numerous businesses have been damaged but an accurate number and severity are still being assessed.  AmeriCorps is assisting Taney County with volunteer coordination and donations management.

Region B

Adair County – The city of Kirksville reported one building with the roof destroyed.  The waste water plant was running on generator power but reporting no problems.

Region E

Bollinger County – Eight homes were reported to have minor damage in rural area.  At least 10 outbuildings were damaged.  No Injuries or fatalities.

Cape Girardeau County – Reported 250 homes damaged in the Oak Ridge area.  Of these, 12 to 18 had major damage and 3 to 5 were destroyed.  One injury was reported with the subject hospitalized. The high school and grade school had damage but both opened today.

Madison County – Reported five homes in the Marquand area had minor damage.

Scott County – Had major damage to one business and minor damage to two homes.

Stoddard County – Reported minor damage to 10-15 homes and three homes and two mobile homes were destroyed.  All were in the Leora area, north of Puxico.  Stoddard County reported three injuries and one fatality.  The county reported that it is dealing with a large amount of debris.

Region I

Laclede County – The county reported 85 homes with minor damage and none destroyed.  Sixteen businesses had minor damage, 12 had major damage and one was destroyed.  There were five reported injuries, none of which was serious.  The shelter located in Lebanon was closed due to a lack of need. The county also reported 27 outbuildings with damage.  The City of Edgar Springs had damage to two gas stations and a feed store.

Pulaski County – Received minor damage throughout the county.

Emergency Support Function (ESF) Reports

ESF 1- MoDOT reported clean-up was progressing with only Route F, near Buffalo, impassable.  All but one traffic signal was operational and it should be repaired today.  U.S. 76, Branson, is passable but debris clearance will cause some delays.

ESF 2 – No report

ESF3 – No issues to report

ESF4/ESF9 – Reported search and rescue was complete yesterday.  An IST team has been requested by Branson and is being handled by Region D mutual aid.  Light towers have been sent to Branson through mutual aid.

ESF5- Hours for the SEOC are 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. with the duty officers receiving calls after hours.  There will not be a conference call tonight, but one will be held tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. 

ESF6 - The American Red Cross is reporting two shelters open.  The Branson Recreational Complex has a population of 53; the Buffalo High School has a population of four.  The Salvation Army has three vehicles assigned to serve meals and assist as needed. The ARC served 644 meals and provided 750 snacks.  The shelter in Buffalo also served as a feeding station.

ESF-7- No report

ESF-8 – Continuing to monitor long-term care facilities without power.

ESF-10- DNR is issuing burn waivers and has issued a press release

ESF-11- An arena in Stoddard County collapsed and several horses and cattle were injured. 

ESF-12- See utility report above.  Natural gas issues are under control.

ESF-13- Additional MSHP officers have been assigned to the Branson area with additional officers being assigned for the weekend. 

ESF-14 – No report

ESF-15 – There have only been a handful of media inquiries today.

ESF-17 – Taney County has opened a shelter for animals at the Rec-Plex and is assisting pet owners who want to shelter their pets in place.

National Guard – will deploy 50 Citizen-Soldiers to the Branson area to assist with security.  Two LNO's are already in Branson for liaison work, with the remainder reporting at 1700 hours today.


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