One of the seven tornado sirens in Joplin that was missing will be replaced, today. Emergency management personnel tested the sirens to be sure they were working properly, since severe weather was in the forecast. Supercell thunderstorms are expected this afternoon.
The Camdenton High School football team will have no trouble remembering their new coach’s name, this season. Longtime coach Bob Shore retired, this year. The School announced the new coach has been hired, and it’s Jeff Shore, Bob’s son. He’s been an assistant at Camdenton for 15 years.
In addition, Camdenton High hired a new boys head basketball coach. Kenny Ash replaces Dick Smith. Ash has been coaching in Kirksville.
Some 1500 people are still unaccounted for. And, because a lot of people left the area after the storm, they may be fine, but on that list, because authorities do not yet know they’re safe. Residents are urged to call with their current whereabouts: (417) 659-5464.
Ameren Missouri crews have restored power to a majority of the customers all over the state who lost service during this week’s severe storms. Still today, over five thousand customers are without power. But, that’s down from the 72-thousand without service on Monday.
History has been made in Lake of the Ozarks. The state Department of Conservation confirms that an Excelsior Springs man snagged the biggest bighead carp ever in Missouri. Gene Swope’s fish weighed in at 106 pounds, a full 26 pounds heavier than the previous record holder.
Fort Leonard Wood had planned to close the Waggener Gate on the west side today through Friday, from 9am-4pm, for commissioning of an active security banner. Motorists may use the north, east or south gates. Allow extra time for travel.
The Joplin tornado’s now rated as an EF-5. Two people were rescued from debris today, and the death toll is up to 122. 8000 structures have been damaged. 750 people are in the hospital. 1,500 people are missing, but officials say some of these people may have been out of the area when the storm hit. EF-5 tornadoes are storms with winds greater than 200 miles an hour. Bad weather is expected in the area again tonight. The National Weather Service says the tornado appears to also have had more than one vortex. Video shows Sunday’s tornado was what experts call a “multivortex” tornado. That means it has two or more small and intense “subvortices” that orbit a larger circulation. These types of tornadoes are rare.