FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 07, 2017
Branson Fire Chief, Ted Martin
ELEVATED RISK for Severe Weather in Branson and Surrounding Areas This Evening
Branson, MO (Thursday, March 7, 2017) – The National Weather Service – Springfield and the Storm Prediction Center in Norman Oklahoma has increased the potential for severe weather to ELEVATED. There is a potential for severe storms including supercells with all modes of severe weather including large hail, damaging winds, and frequent lightning. There is also a potential for fast moving night time tornadoes.
The greatest risk for severe weather appears to be in SW and Western Missouri, essentially either side of a line from Joplin to Sedalia. Some isolated thunderstorms may develop across the area between 6:00-11:00PM this evening, with a stronger line of thunderstorms in SE Kansas by 11:00PM and rapidly moving east/southeast. Timing estimates place this line of storms in the Branson area around midnight to 2AM. It is reasonable to expect Thunderstorm and or Tornado Watches to be issued later today with subsequent Warnings as weather develops.
Expected hazards include:
Areas to our north continue to be in Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning (fire danger) this afternoon. Winds have sustained 15-20 mph today in Branson with the highest wind gust reported at 38 mph around noon today.
Know Where to Go:
For shelter at work, home, school, go to a location in the lower-most interior area as possible placing as many walls between you and the storm.
This includes sheltering for severe thunderstorms producing damaging winds
Report Severe Weather or Damages to be forwarded to Emergency Management Partners and the NWS
For additional safety tips about severe weather, fire safety, or to learn more about “BransonALERTS,” contact the City of Branson Fire Department at (417) 243-2790 or online at www.bransonmo.gov.
Media inquiries related to this content may be directed to Jennifer Langford, Communications Manager, City of Branson at JLangford@BransonMO.gov or by calling 417.337.0017.
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