Rotating winds spark tornado alarm
Although tornado sirens blared throughout southern Boone County on Thursday afternoon, Kevin Wolfe, operator 1 at the Columbia/Boone County Joint Communication, said no tornado touched down.
At 4:26 p.m., the National Weather Service announced a tornado warning for the southern half of the county after Doppler radar indicated a “thunderstorm with strong rotation over Hartsburg.” Ashland and Hartsburg were considered to be the areas most at risk, but no tornado touched down.
The threat of severe weather continued throughout the evening. The weather service said that storm was “capable of producing quarter size hail … and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.”
Danny Paul, a Southern Boone County Fire Protection District firefighter, said there were few weather-related incidents.
“We had two non-injury accidents,” Paul said.
Lane Recker, County Joint Communications supervisor, said there was one damage report from the effects of hail on a patrol vehicle.
Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and wind gusts as high as 34 mph, but no severe weather.
— Kate Gilliam
Hearing falls short on number of voters
A public hearing on the proposal for a 230-home development near Ashland was pushed back Thursday after the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission failed to have enough voting members present.
Only six commissioners were on hand for the meeting, one of whom abstained from voting on the rezoning request. That left the commission without the quorum of six voting members necessary to hold a public hearing.
The proposal is a request to rezone roughly 100 acres east of Ashland at Route MM and Route M to create the Shadowridge Estates development. The public and representatives for the developer, Miller Properties, were asked to return for the commission’s next meeting, scheduled for May 19.
— Warren Robinson