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High winds, hail cause little damage

Thursday, March 8, 2007

STORM DAMAGE: High wind and large hail pounded Oregon County during the early morning hours Feb. 28. The Oregon County Sheriff's Department reported no injuries during the storm.
High winds and large hail ripped through Oregon County during the early morning hours Feb. 28.

The Oregon County Sheriff's Department reports there were no injuries due to the storm that traveled through the county between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said he knew of only one fallen tree in the county due to high winds. That was just south of Alton on County Road 206 at the Mark Newman home.

"I took the kids to school and stopped at Alton for breakfast. When I returned home there was a large tree across the driveway," Newman said. He said he also had large hail in and around his yard.

The Oregon County Road Department responded to the Newman farm and cut the fallen tree from the driveway.

Assistant Chief Deputy Eric King said an outside shed belonging to Brian Wynn on HH Highway blew away due to high winds.

Law enforcement officers said the Mike Crawford home located on E Highway suffered minor damage to the siding from the hail.

Thayer and other communities in the area reported hail, in some cases, as large as golf balls.

Ward said Oregon County just missed the path of a deadly tornado that cut through a 15-mile stretch of rural Howell County the same morning.

The storm killed 7-year-old, Elizabeth Croney and sent two of her family members to a Springfield hospital. The family's mobile home, located about 16 miles southwest of West Plains was destroyed in the storm.

According to authorities the tornado damage was so intensive near the Croney home, it took Howell County paramedics almost an hour to reach the home. Rural fire department and law enforcement officials used chain saws to cut through trees and fallen limbs that blocked the road leading to the Croney residence. Two areas in Howell County suffered storm damage -- on K Highway near Fairview School and near Caulfield.

Ward said the storm was part of a larger line of thunderstorms that stretched across the mid-south.

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