Viewers share photos, videos of mid-Missouri hail, storms

11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Wednesday, March 01 2017 Mar 1, 2017 Wednesday, March 01, 2017 12:18:00 AM CST March 01, 2017 in Weather
By: Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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MID-MISSOURI - KOMU received pictures and videos from more than a dozen viewers about storms and hail Tuesday night. Some viewers compared hail in the area to peas, marbles or even golf balls.

"Any hail in Columbia?" Jesse Bailey asked. "We just had hail in Murry near Hallsville."

Twitter user RJ Platto said, "Looks like it snowed here," referring to the hail scattered just east of Wooldridge.

"I just hope these storms tonight aren't as severe as #icepocalypse2017," Zach Weaver wrote on Facebook.

Rob Vale sent videos to KOMU and said the tornado just missed him around 8 p.m. about a quarter mile from Moberly.

"The storm skirted just north of the town," Vale said. "As it passed the wind became so strong that the pine trees nearly touched the ground. I did not see any damage, and we did not lose power."

Viewer Britta Filter called the storm a "lightning show."

The National Weather Service in St. Louis issued a tornado watch for central Missouri until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Severe thunderstorms were continuing to move through mid-Missouri early Wednesday morning.

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management warned mid-Missourians that hail could cause damage to vehicles and winds of 60 mph could cause damage to houses and trees. Boone County OEM said people in the area should move to an interior room in the lowest floor of a building for their protection.

The Live Doppler 8 First Alert Weather Team will continue to keep KOMU viewers updated with the latest storm coverage.

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