Early estimates say power will return to the area about 9:15 p.m.

Early estimates say power will return to the area about 9:15 p.m.

UPDATE: Power has restored much earlier than anticipated. Click here to visit Liberty Utilities Central on FB and tell them thank you!

JOPLIN, Mo. - Storms rolled through the area quickly about 7 p.m. Thursday evening, March 30, 2023.  And in the path about 1,200 lost power in Jasper and Newton counties according to Liberty Utilities online mapping.

— 4 rescued as boat overturns in swift waters https://bit.ly/3lCRj2J
— 14-yr-old crash and burn, trying to flee JPD https://bit.ly/3LPB7Wk
— 2 bodies recovered after car swept away in floodwaters https://bit.ly/3LUb0NY
— Carl Junction flames through roof https://bit.ly/40rP0hK
— Water rescues on Shoal Creek in Newton Co https://bit.ly/3nijmon
— Newman & McDonald County flooding https://bit.ly/3Z7N6lf
— The Zerbini Family, Hometown Spring Tradition of Tarzan Zerbini Circus https://bit.ly/3K4C0ZQ
— Missing kayakers timeline of events, search scaled back https://bit.ly/3lGkaTB
— Missouri Northern Arkansas (MNA) crossings slated for repair https://bit.ly/3Z7e0tf
— First time all-female firefighter crew manning a station in STL-FIRE 165 yr history https://bit.ly/3JDLfi7
— RV camper burns at Rangeline car lot https://bit.ly/3FMAB7Q


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.