2013 Elite Series Ramada Quest Bull Shoals Lake - Bull Shoals, AR, Apr 19 - 22, 2013

The storm is here

8:55 am CDT, Apr 18, 2013 | By Steve Bowman

If you were at the dock Thursday and without the modern conveniences of smart phones and cable television, you might have wondered what all the fuss was about. The wind was howling. You could feel that no matter where you were standing. Strong winds in the Ozarks have a way of riding down every ridge and hollow, giving you the feeling in some places that the wind is coming from every direction.

 

As said before, that type of wind by itself would cancel events on many lakes, even Bull Shoals. It would have been a rough ride.  The winds are blowing into the 20s and the Weather Service is promising gusts up to 40 miles an hour.

 

With the help of cell phone apps, many were standing around and watching a line of yellow and red storms bearing down on the area. In this part of the country and this time of year, that can mean tornadoes. The Weather Service promises the threat of those as well. That was the primary reason for the cancelled day.

 

One of the main paths to Bull Shoals is Highway 65 through the north central part of Arkansas. Just a week ago a tornado tore a path down that highway and the damage is scary. If you know what to look for you can see damage from recent and many years past from the same kind of terror. It doesn't take driving through many parts of this area before you realize how damaging this storm could be.

Currently, it's almost 9 a.m., here and the storm is just getting here. The distant rumble of thunder is getting closer and it sounds angry. Pops of lightening have been evident off in the distance since early this morning. Most every one is taking cover and getting ready to ride this out, including the dot com crew. But during the course of the day we will keep you updated.

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