Branson takes direct hit from tornado

Posted at 2:24 PM, Feb 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-29 14:24:06-05

BRANSON, Mo. ( - Southwest Missouri got hammered by the storms. One person was reportedly killed in Buffalo, Missouri and the resort area of Branson took a direct hit. Branson is about a 45-minute drive south of Springfield, Missouri.

A large, destructive tornado reportedly touched down west-northwest of Branson near Kimberling City and Table Rock Lake, before heading into the business district in Branson proper.

There are 12 confirmed injuries, but no fatalities reported in Branson at this time.  The worst of the injuries appears to be a broken leg.