The skies looked ominous shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday evening in Joplin and northern Newton County as tornado warnings were sounded on televisions and radios.


The skies looked ominous shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday evening in Joplin and northern Newton County as tornado warnings were sounded on televisions and radios.

“We had tornado warnings issued for that northeastern part of the county near Wentworth, Diamond, and also that southern Joplin area, Saginaw, Silver Creek and through there,” Newton County Emergency Management Director Gary Roark said. “They issued tornado warnings for them, so we set the sirens off in those places and that is about the extent of it.”

Roark noted that the storm had moved “real fast” and that it shot right on through.

“It stayed pretty well north of us,” Roark said. “No damage of any kind. No actual tornadoes that I have heard of. They spotted some tornado clouds, but I don’t think anything ever came down.”
Confirming the no tornado status was Ryan Kardell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Springfield.

“We heard some reports of those (tornadoes), we tried to track them down and we could not confirm anything solid with that,” said Kardell. “I know that there were some reports coming across the radio, across Jasper County, but we could not come up with any confirmation from law enforcement out there. There were a couple of impressive cells that went through there. But nothing really definitive at this moment [about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday]. We did have some hail reports around 5:30 p.m. in Jasper County.”

Also, a tornado watch was in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

However, according to the National Weather Service’s Web site report as of press time on Tuesday night, “the front will move back to the south later in the day today. Strong to severe thunderstorms will again be possible over the area in the vicinity of the front. Heavy rain and flooding will be possible tonight, as the front stalls out over southern Missouri. The front will continue to meander back and forth through the region over the next several days, bringing a chance of thunderstorms to the area each day.”