A duck boat capsized and sank during a severe thunderstorm in Missouri, killing at least 11 people, some of them children, authorities said. Six people are unaccounted for and 14 survived, he said.
Branson was under a severe thunderstorm warning issued shortly before 6:30 p.m. local time, about half an hour before the boat capsized.
There were numerous reports of damage throughout the county, including trees down and structural damage, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward. The highest wind gust reported in the area was 63 mph.
"I believe it was caused by weather, yes," said Rader, the sheriff.
Gov. Mike Parson asked for prayers for first responders and those involved in the incident.