Diner owner on Branson Strip says damage appears tornadic

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 9:29 a.m. CST; updated 10:29 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BRANSON — The owner of a 1950s-style restaurant in Branson said it looks like a tornado targeted the city's main tourism strip.

John Moore owns Cakes-n-Creams 50s Diner in the middle of Highway 76, which runs through the city and is locally known as the Branson Strip.

On Wednesday morning, he said it appeared the tornado moved down the entertainment district, jumping from side to side before damaging the convention center.

He said it moved across Lake Taneycomo, up what is known as Mount Branson and hit homes in a subdivision.

Moore described buildings with roofs torn off and large trees and power lines down everywhere. Many of the large neon signs that dot the strip are down and windows are blown out of many hotels and businesses.

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