A city crew works on an electrical line behind Texas County Memorial Hospital. 

High winds caused damage late Saturday afternoon in Texas County, uprooting trees and disrupting electrical service, authorities said. 

Trees were down in several locations and small limbs covered yards and streets after wind and torrid rainfall struck. At about 4:30 p.m., the Houston Fire Department was called concerning trees down near Airport Road and Highway 17, as well as on Walnut Street. Reports were received later throughout the community. 

A tree is uprooted in the Lilly View Addition in Houston. Numerous trees were down.

Power outages were reported; some traffic lights also were affected in Houston. At about 6:30 p.m., Intercounty Electric Cooperative reported about 800 customers without power in the county and many customers in the City of Houston were without electricity. The area generally was north of West Highway 17 and west of First Street.  Intercounty reported more than 5,000 without power in its region on Saturday night.

By Sunday, most in the Houston area had electricity. Intercounty reported 214 county homes without power at about 7 a.m. Of the 3,500 without power in its service area, about 2,000 were in Dent County.

Many homeowners — without power — moved outside to remove debris from their property before yet another storm arrived.

Storms kept rolling in

Earlier, parts of the county were under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Trees were reported down across highways in northwest Texas County and the South Gate of Fort Leonard Wood was closed until further notice.

By 6:30 p.m., another round of storms was reported in the county. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeast Texas County and strong thunderstorms were reported in a storm line from Joplin to Wright County. By 7 p.m. yet more storm warnings was issued; this time for northern Texas County and southwest Texas County.

In a period starting Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued 10 various warnings for Texas County before the storms ended. 

Damage also was reported west and east of the county:

{{tncms-inline type=”twitter” id=”868593862708776963″ account=”SkywarnYouth” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Photo of Hail near Fort Leonard Wood, MO from this afternoon.courtesy: NWS Springfield, MO via social media <a href="https://t.co/86kPrIfzzC">pic.twitter.com/86kPrIfzzC</a></p>— Skywarn Youth (@SkywarnYouth) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkywarnYouth/status/868593862708776963">May 27, 2017</a></blockquote>”}}

{{tncms-inline type=”twitter” id=”868611301756379137″ account=”TheSalemNews” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">STORMS RIP THROUGH DENT COUNTY <a href="https://t.co/XU4bwCyst5">https://t.co/XU4bwCyst5</a> <a href="https://t.co/b2LdQbHJKd">pic.twitter.com/b2LdQbHJKd</a></p>— Salem Publishing Co. (@TheSalemNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSalemNews/status/868611301756379137">May 27, 2017</a></blockquote>”}}

At 7:20 p.m., Houston police reported that the storm shelter at Pine and First streets was open. 

PDF: South Gate reopens at Fort Wood

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