COLUMBIA — Storms moved through Boone County, spawning lightning, hail and high winds Friday.
At about 2:45 p.m., the National Weather Service of St. Louis issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Boone County.
Almost an hour later, the service issued a tornado warning that continued until 4:15 p.m. The storm moved east at 45 mph about seven miles northeast of Ashland. Warning sirens sounded at about 3:35 p.m.
The storm knocked down utilities poles on Schooler Road near Highway 124 just north of Hallsville, and the road was closed, according to a notification by Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management. Minimal damage to roofs and trees was sustained near Ashland, the notification stated.
Columbia Public School students were held in their school buildings until about 4 p.m., according to a text message from the school district.