JOPLIN, Mo. — Just before 5:00 PM Thursday a severe thunderstorm with reported gusts of 60 MPH is thought to have brought down power lines along East Newman Road between Rangeline and Duquesne.
Some vehicles were trapped in, under and around those active power lines. The all clear was given shortly afterwards to move people and vehicles. There were no reported injuries.
UPDATE: All power restored. Repairs will continue to be made along East Newman Road Friday to poles and infrastructure.
9:39 PM OUTAGE UPDATE: “Crews are still working to make repairs in Joplin following this afternoon’s severe weather. They are currently focused on getting service back to as many residential customers as possible tonight.” (450 still without power)
UPDATE 5:15 PM No injuries. People are out of their vehicles. All people are safe. Authorities ask that you avoid the area.
BREAKING: Power lines and poles down along East Newman Road; Rangeline to Goetz to Duquesne. Numerous cars trapped beneath fallen lines. Avoid the area. Developing situation. 2,200 without power.
Joplin Police, Joplin Fire Department Joplin City Works and others are working to block all traffic. Empire is working on strategy to replace and reset poles and lines. We will continually update this story.