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Strong storms hit mid-Missouri Friday morning

UPDATE 7:18am: Three Rivers Electric is reporting nearly 1,00 customers are without power in its service area.

It’s based out of Linn in Osage County.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Department says it is still assessing damage in the area, but did confirm several roads are blocked in the county and several people are without power.

ORIGINAL: Strong storms hit the mid-Missouri area Friday morning producing at least one tornado warning and leaving thousands without power.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Montgomery County around 4:30 Friday morning, but it has since expired.

ABC 17 News called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to get updates on storm damage. It says it has only gotten reports of minor wind damage so far and has no reports of injuries.

The sheriff’s office did say it was working a crash on I-70 EB at mile marker 177.4 around 4:45am. It says no injuries were involved in that wreck, but says it was blocking traffic.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s office also confirmed sirens went off overnight there. It says a tornado warning was briefly issued for the area. It says it has no reports of debris or damage though.

By 5:00am Friday, Ameren Missouri was reporting thousands of outages in mid-Missouri, including more than 300 in Boone County and more than 100 in Cole County.

ABC 17 News has a crew on the way to Montgomery County right now to look for storm damage in the area. Watch ABC 17 News This Morning for live reports from the area.

Here’s a look at some storm reports we’ve gotten since the storms started (*note: these are unconfirmed reports):

MILLER CO: Eldon [Miller Co, MO] public reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:12 AM CDT — a few large limbs reported down.

(3:26 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LSX: Jefferson City [Cole Co, MO] broadcast media reports HAIL of E0.70 INCH at 03:20 AM CDT —

(3:28 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LSX: Jefferson City [Cole Co, MO] public reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 03:15 AM CDT –

(4:50 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LSX: 2 W Linn [Osage Co, MO] nws employee reports TSTM WND DMG at 04:04 AM CDT — large tree blown down onto u.s. highway 50.

(4:52 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LSX: Williamsburg [Callaway Co, MO] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of E60 MPH at 04:17 AM CDT — large tree branch blown down and pea size hail.

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