Severe storms hit Boone County on Wednesday

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 9:46 p.m. CDT; updated 4:49 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — Severe thunderstorms triggered tornado warnings and dropped hail across Boone County on Wednesday evening but didn't cause much reported damage.

Hail ranged in size from marble- to golf-ball-sized, said Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Public Safety Joint Communications activated warning sirens across Boone County shortly after 5:15 p.m. in response to a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service for the southeastern part of the county.

As of about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service in St. Louis projected mostly heavy rain after midnight with the possibility of some hail, said Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the weather service.

A tornado watch will remain in effect in Boone County until 10 p.m., Miller said.

"Right now, we're looking at 2 to 4 inches (of rain)," Miller said. "It's going to be busy the next 24 hours — rain tonight and tomorrow."

The Fire Protection District received reports of rain and small hail in the northern part of the county, Blomenkamp said. Most hail was the size of a quarter or marble, but some hail was reported to be almost the size of a golf ball.

Blomenkamp said he did not receive any calls about storm damage. 

Ashland received little rain and no hail, said Eric Kuhrts, a Southern Boone County Fire Protection District firefighter.

People at this time of year in mid-Missouri need to be diligent about watching for rapidly changing weather conditions, Blomenkamp warned.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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