Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

The storms which tore through the area last week dropped more than an inch of rain and left thousands of residents without power for a brief period.

According to Amy Bass, Empire District Electric Company spokeswoman, about 1,000 customers in the Columbus area lost power around 8:30 p.m. Thursday and had it restored just before 9:30 p.m. The Baxter Springs area was harder hit, with around 2,000 customers losing power at about 9:25 p.m. The power was back on by 10:30 p.m.

Doug Cramer, national weather service meteorologist, said the worst of the storm slid to the south, causing tornado warnings across Oklahoma and Arkansas. Cramer said there were a few confirmed tornadoes, but most warnings were issued because of radar indications.

Cramer said this was the same storm system which roared across the eastern U.S.

According to the Associated Press, there were at least 44 deaths across six states.

The violent weather began Thursday in Oklahoma, where two people died, before cutting across the Deep South on Friday and hitting North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday. Authorities said seven people died in Arkansas; seven in Alabama; six in Virginia; and one in Mississippi, AP said.

Cramer said more severe weather is expected to develop today, but whether or not Cherokee County is affected will depend on where the storms develop.

Cramer said the “dry-line” is tracking across the area and its location will determine where the storms develop. He said the storms could either develop more-or-less directly over Cherokee County, or just to the east in Missouri.

“There’s a better risk in Missouri,” he said. “It’s going to be something to watch.”

Cramer said there will be more chances for severe weather Thursday.

“It’s going to be an active week,” he said.”