National Weather Service says strong winds damaged homes, docks in Stone County

Surveyors with the National Weather Service made stops around Table Rock Lake on Tuesday to assess storm damage. They determined it was strong wind that damaged homes, docks, a church, and a resort.

In the meantime, clean-up efforts are well-underway. Crews with Sea-Tow pulled up a boat that, just last week, was housed in a now crumpled dock near the Highway 86 Bridge. It sunk after the storm. Captain Jim Pulley says it wasn't the only one.

"We do have some docks that have tipped completely upside down and we have boats trapped underneath them. We are trying to go in an excavate the damage of the docks first so we can get to the boats," Captain Pulley said.

The National Weather Service says it was straight-line winds that turned the dock upside down and damaged D'Monaco Resort.

Crews are also cleaning up after strong wind at a lakeside home off Joe Bald Road Kimberling City.

"This home was damaged the most," National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Doug Cramer said.

Cramer says they looked at the debris to rule out a tornado.

"Look at the trees, it's all blown in one direction," Cramer said. "[With a tornado, you want to see debris more splintered and then you also want to see the debris blown in different directions, especially if you see it blown back to the west, where the storm was coming from."

He says the structure of the house is telling, too. Nails held the roof on instead of something called "hurricane clips."

"That's why we believe it was singled out and damaged the way it was," Cramer said

Still, it's clear the winds packed a powerful punch both on land and on the water.

The National Weather Service says they are continuing to access as reports continued to come in. So far, though, in Stone and Taney Counties it was high straight-line winds that caused all the damage.

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