1:25 a.m. … Wednesday, the 29th day of February … we were awakened by that eerie sound of sirens declaring an approaching tornado. I have been in Branson since this past October and have heard the drill in midday a time or two. This time, it was not in the afternoon ... nor a drill. Welcome to the Ozarks in the spring!
The major damage took place about a mile from the home I am staying in. Not until the break of day did we realize the extent of the catastrophe that had transpired. The following is an aerial view of "The Strip" on highway 76 through the center of Branson. The link provided will take you to a series of photos, courtesy of many news outlets in our area.
Additional photos: http://fox2now.com/2012/03/01/pictures-branson-tornado-damage-2/
Video feed: http://fox2now.com/2012/02/29/branson-takes-direct-hit-from-tornado/
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