Missouri tornado confirmed as storms swept through Illinois – NBC Chicago
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a strong tornado hit the town of Fredericktown in southwest Missouri as severe storms swept through the state and Illinois overnight, damaged buildings and cut electricity, but did not cause any serious injuries.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-3 tornado hit Fredericktown on Sunday evening, damaging homes, businesses and the main electrical substation that supplies the city of about 4,000 residents. A tornado with this rating is considered strong and the wind speed ranges from 136 to 165 mph (219 to 266 km / h).
The tornado razed a storage building in Fredericktown, officials said.
“We had a large classic fall storm system that developed over the central part of the country. It got stronger as it passed over the St. Louis area, ”St. Charles, Missouri-based weather service meteorologist Jared Maples told The Associated Press on Monday.
The storms dropped heavy rains, causing flooding around tributaries and in low lying areas, and spawned several suspected tornadoes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
The Weather Service also investigated damage from an alleged tornado in St. Mary, Missouri, about 55 miles southeast of St. Louis, which crossed the Mississippi River to Chester, Illinois. The damage included torn roofs from buildings and overturned trees and utility poles. The teams were also investigating whether the storms had spawned tornadoes in rural areas of the northeast corner of Kansas and throughout the northern half of Missouri.
In Chester, a town of about 8,700 people across the Mississippi River from St. Mary’s, residents have reported damage including a falling tree on a house and damage to the roof of a house nursing, said Larry Willis, spokesperson for the Randolph County Emergency Management Agency.
Willis said the nearby village of Bremen “was directly affected” before the storm cleared about a mile east of that community. In its wake, a large storage building in Bremen was destroyed and Illinois Highway 150 was closed due to downed power lines and utility poles.
“When I was coming down here today you could see the treetops between Chester and Bremen so there is a well defined path,” he said.
Félix Meyer, Ste. Genevieve County’s director of emergency management told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that St. Mary, which has several hundred residents, was also without power.
St. Mary’s resident Tina Lowry was in bed and her sister was in the living room when they heard a whistle on Sunday night. Lowry said she took refuge in her closet and her sister crouched in the bedroom as the house was torn apart. Vehicles were also destroyed by the storm.
“I’m just happy we’re alive,” she said.
Earlier Sunday, video from a KMBC-TV helicopter captured a funnel cloud forming near Kansas City around the Missouri community of Kingston. There appears to have been some ground damage, the station reported.
Severe weather in the Midwest came in the form of a powerful storm that swept through southern California after flooding freeways, knocking down trees and causing mudslides in areas scorched by recent fires in the north of the state. Heavy showers and strong winds accompanied the storm.
The system that struck the Midwest continued east into the Ohio Valley on Monday, said St. Charles-based Weather Service meteorologist Alex Elmore.
“It has weakened as it moves east,” Elmore said. “There is a risk of severe weather later Monday in the Carolinas and parts of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.”
Forecasters expect more stormy weather later in the week. As of Tuesday afternoon, parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas could experience severe storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Forecasters said the storms could bring large hail, strong winds and isolated tornadoes.