Update 6:24 p.m.:
Reports of wind damage continue to come in from several areas in the state.
In Marshfield, near Springfield in southwest Missouri, much of the town is without power. Several trees and power poles are reported to be down and seven tents were blown over at the Marshfield farmer’s market. No injuries were reported at the Market.
At the Apple Festival at Seymour, most of the vendors and people were moved out of the area and about 50 people took shelter at a safe room ahead of the storm.
One report indicates county wide flash flooding in LaClede County.
Several trees 2-feet and greater in diameter have been reported blown down near Park Hills in St. Francois County. There have been several other reports of trees down and wind damage in the St. Louis area.
Storm spotters and emergency responders have followed up a few reports of possible rotation and touchdowns of small tornadoes, but none have been confirmed. Some tornado warnings had been issued but as of this report, none are in effect.
Earlier report, from 4:26 p.m.:
Severe weather is hitting several areas of Missouri at this hour.
The Highway Patrol had reported a tornado on the ground east of Carl Junction around 4:15, but Carl Junction Police say there was no twister. Carl Junction is in southwest Missouri at the west edge of Joplin. Trees have been reported blown down on houses there.
Power is reported out in the towns of Frontenac, Lamar and Jasper and a tree is reported to have fallen on a home in Nevada.
Emergency managers are warning of severe weather approaching Seymour in southwest Missouri, where an estimated 3,000 people are at the Apple Festival.
Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued in various parts of the state. Tune in to your local stations for the latest severe weather information.