AREA -- Although it is not clear if an actual tornado touched down, when daylight found its way to the Mammoth Spring/Thayer area May 7, it was clear that high winds had left much of the twin-city area without electricity.
Uprooted and split trees were found on many roofs and across roads and streets in both areas.
Thayer schools delayed classes the next morning until 10 a.m. due to no electricity.
Mammoth Spring State Park was closed all day because large trees were blown across the trail at many places and also were blown across the pavilion at the park. Park Superintendent Dave Jackson said 24 trees were blown down in the park with 15 of them being large oak trees.
Howell-Oregon Electric customers sustained a lot of damage as a result of the storm that hit Oregon County
According to Howell-Oregon Electric representative John Williams, the first calls were received around 10 p.m. He said cooperative employees immediately reported to work and responded to the outage calls. He said at one time more than 2,000 members had lost power by the severe storms.
Williams said by noon May 7 power was restored to 95 percent of Howell-Oregon Electric customers, and at 2 p.m. that day crews were still working to restore power to the remaining 150 members.