One Barry County resident is dead and four were injured in the wake of a series of storms that swept across southwest Missouri early this morning.
According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, a possible tornado touch-down at Farm Road 1102, just north of Business Highway 37 in Cassville, damaged or destroyed several mobile homes and several houses in the area.
One man was killed when he was thrown from a mobile home. The victim has been identified as Glenn Douglas Keeler, 70, of Cassville. Four others were injured. Their identities were not available at press time.
Epperly also reported that a semi-tractor and trailer overturned during the storm in that same area.
"We will spend the next couple of days assessing the damage," said David Compton, emergency management director for Barry County. "The National Weather Service will investigate and determine whether it was a weak tornado or straight-line winds."
Last night's series of storms resulted in severe damage at Lebanon and Buffalo in Dallas County and at Branson,
along Highway 76 in Taney County, where theaters and businesses were hard hit by tornadic winds.
The storm also moved through the Powersite, Mt. Branson and Hollister areas in Taney County before traveling into the Cassville area in Barry County and into Stone and Christian counties.