Branson and Kimberling City were extensively damaged by what is believed to be a tornado. These photos trace a path that ended near the Branson Landing and which started near Kimberling City. Credit: Dean Curtis/News-Leader
Branson, Mo (KSDK) -- Some of the lights are coming back on along the Branson strip just a little more than 24 hours after an EF-2 tornado hit the strip.
The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes reported Thursday morning that crews worked throughout the night to restore power and put up new power poles along the strip and that there were more businesses with lights on compared to the previous day.
Branson tornado damage - PHOTOS
The 400-yards-wide tornado tore through a nine-mile stretch of the heart of the Missouri town around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. It caused damage to theaters, shops, restaurants, hotels and motels.
The mayor of Branson said a key date for the city will be March 12 because that is when spring break begins in the area. Business leaders are hopeful many will be able to reopen prior to the tourists' arrival.
No one in Branson died from the tornado.