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Mother nature strikes again

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Straight line winds hit much of the Thayer, Koshkonong and Alton area on May 8.

Lights flickered in some areas, and the town of Couch was left without power for several hours due to the storms. Other areas of Missouri, however, had power outages lasting much longer.

According to a Howell-Oregon County Electric press release, "Following field studies conducted Friday, May 8 by the National Weather Service of Springfield, Mo., it was determined that several tornadoes swept through southwest and south-central Missouri on Friday morning. The largest confirmed tornado hit at approximately 10 a.m., CST north of Pomona. The storm was classed as an EF3 tornado.

Photos by Emily McIntosh During the storm on May 8, a section of the goat and livestock sale barn in Koshkonong was torn away. Some pigs fenced up next to the barn were a bit spooked but soon went back to their business. Top: Straight line winds traveled through the area and uprooted trees and destroyed Phylis Blakenship's garage on Highway 19 between Thayer and Alton. Center: Winds were so strong they rocked parked cars and tore road signs from the ground.
"After a series of storms swept across Missouri overnight Thursday and through the early morning hours Friday more than 70,000 electric cooperative members throughout the Show-Me State were without power.

"As of 10 a.m., May 11, the cooperative had approximately 200 power outages reported, down from a high point of 6,100 at 4 p.m., Friday afternoon.

"Howell-Oregon Electric crews along with crews from electric cooperatives from Arkansas and several contracted crews are working in areas where there was extensive damage including power lines down and power poles snapped or on the ground."

Thayer suffered some wind damage during Friday's storm. Some highway signs were dislodged from the ground and lying in ditches. For a short while, the light at the intersection in front of McDonald's was not working and drivers had to use it as a four-way stop.

Worried parents called several area schools to find out if their children were safe. Many school officials called radio stations to alert parents that schools were taking the proper precautions during the storm.

Highway 19, between Thayer and Alton, had several large trees pulled out of the ground by the roots and on the side of the highway. One woman, Phylis Blakenship, who lives on Highway 19, lost her garage to the strong winds. Two of her vehicles were parked inside. Several trees in her front yard were toppled over and her home had some roof damage. "It could have been worse," she said.

A sale barn in Koshkonong had part of its roof torn off from the high winds, as well.

"If you are a member of the cooperative still without power and have an automated meter the cooperative will be able to detect your outage," according to Howell-Oregon Electric. "Members should call the cooperative if they do not have an automated meter or if they see lines in trees or power lines down. For members with access to the cooperative's Web site, outages can be reported at www.hoecoop.org.\"

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