Branson Takes Direct Hit From Tornado
Southwest Missouri got hammered by the storms. One person was reportedly killed in Buffalo, Missouri and the resort area of Branson took a direct hit. Branson is about a 45-minute drive south of Springfield, Missouri.
A large, destructive tornado reportedly touched down west-northwest of Branson near Kimberling City and Table Rock Lake, before heading into the business district in Branson proper.
There are 12 confirmed injuries, but no fatalities reported in Branson at this time. The worst of the injuries appears to be a broken leg.
Mutual aid is coming to Branson from as far away as Springfield and a state-wide call for help has been put out for Branson. Crews from Springfield are sending down their structural response teams to assist with debris clearing and buildings that have collapsed.
There is also damage reported at the Variety Theatre in Branson. The Best Western Hotel was also completely destroyed, but everyone who was staying there has been accounted for.
Police and city officials report cars flipped over throughout the Branson business district. Sources say an apartment building has collapsed and the roof of a local Wal-Mart was blown off. Police have reportedly been called in thwart off looters.
Officials at Silver Dollar City say there is no damage to the amusement park.
Significant damage is also being reported in Lebanon, Missouri. The Tracker Boat building suffered a direct hit.