Powerful Thunderstorms Sweep Central, Southern Mo.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Utility crews were scrambling to address scattered power outages in southern, central and eastern Missouri after powerful thunderstorms rumbled across the state.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage from the violent weather that blasted the state Friday afternoon from the southwestern corner to the St. Louis area.

But several high schools postponed their Friday night football games to avoid taking chances.

The storms brought large hail to the Ozarks and the Columbia and Jefferson City areas, along with winds up to 70 mph that snapped power poles and trees in several communities.

Emergency managers received scattered reports of roofs torn from barns and streets blocked by fallen trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service posted a few tornado warnings, but no funnel clouds were reported.

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