Witness the depths of destruction in Joplin, Mo., with this high-resolution aerial photo.
Written by Cliff Sain – News-Leader
A man who was swept away after falling into Lake Taneycomo is still missing according to an emergency official.
“He is still unaccounted for,” said Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne. “We have no reason to believe the individual came out of the water on his own.”
According to Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne, the unidentified man was trapped on a steep embankment above the lake just off Acacia Club Road and Lowell Road, near Hollister and just upstream from College of the Ozarks, before he went into the water.
Bjorne said firefighters were called at about 7:30 a.m. to assist Taney County deputies in retrieving the person who was apparently calling out that he was injured.
Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said they were called to the scene by a resident.
He said the homeowner discovered the man inside the homeowner’s car.
“He took off when he was seen and he went over the embankment,” Russell said.
The entire embankment rises about 200 feet above Lake Taneycomo, Bjorne said. It was not clear how far down the embankment the man was when firefighters arrived to assist.
By Wally Kennedy email@example.com
JOPLIN, Mo. — Bill Davis, head meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Springfield, did not mince words Tuesday when he described the tornado that struck Joplin on Sunday.
“There were a few little swirling vortexes, and then it came down like a fist coming right out of the sky,” he said.
Davis, part of a team that arrived in Joplin on Monday to assess the damage, said the tornado that struck Joplin was the most powerful of all on the Enhanced Fujita Scale — an EF-5. Wind speeds exceeded 200 mph.
The National Weather Service says there was another tornado – an E-F- 2 northwest of Galena. It hit just after seven last night. It was on the ground for seven miles. It damaged a mobile home on Highway AA in Stone County and several barns were damaged along Horse Creek road.
The Galena Farmers And Crafters Market kicked off it’s 2011 season earlier this month and by all accounts it was a success. More vendors are needed to supply spring produce including lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and onions. Fee’s are $10 and according to Debbie Bridges you can sell all summer long! It is a perfect way for the community to come together and provide fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and local crafts for our community and visitors alike. And once a month on Saturday’s we can all enjoy some family entertainment! For more information on how to join call Debbie Bridges at 417-559- 1089 or Connie Johnson at 417- 357-6061
The Crane Creek Market also looking for vendors
Crane Creek Market opens at 8:00 a.m. till noon every Saturday. Located on highway 413 at the old grocery store parking lot. There is still vendor space available. Vendors that have not already signed up are welcome to come that morning, and remember that everything must be locally produced, homemade or handmade. There will not be any fees for vendors. The are also looking for local musicians so grab your fiddles, guitars and banjos for an hometown jam session. Come join us Saturday to sell or shop and support your local community. Contact Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and with any questions.