Severe storms rock St. Louis region, tornado damage in SE Illinois
(KTVI) – Windy, spring-like weather Sunday brought fast moving, severe thunderstorms to the St. Louis region. Confirmed tornadoes have done significant damage in Clinton, Washington, and Marion Counties in Illinois, where the towns of New Minden, Holyton, and Centralia appear to be hard hit. National Weather Service survey crews have been dispatched to the area.
Across the region, hail and high winds have left their mark across the landscape. Numerous trees and power lines are down in south St. Louis and many intersections are blocked.
Wind gusts of 70 mph or higher took many drivers by surprise Sunday afternoon. There have been many reports of cars blown off the road and a tractor-trailer overturned just off the Poplar Street Bridge in Illinois.
Is your power out? Contact Ameren on the web or call:
- Ameren Missouri: 1-800.552.7583
- Ameren Illinois: 1-800.755.5000
Citizens' Service Bureau is taking reports by email, Twitter, and FB. Live callers will be on at 2 pm. https://t.co/lyiWqG1Fdg
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- Track the storms and follow video from our Stormtrackers: Interactive Maps & Radar
- NWS: Severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service
40,000 – 50,000 people without power in the area
Check for flight delays here – http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp
Watch a LIVE Stream of the storm coverage here: http://fox2now.com/on-air/live-streaming/
January Loddeke says she took this pic near Jamestown, Illinois. She posted the image to FOX 2’s Facebook page.
Scott Linton too this pic near Caryle Lake IL and posted to FOX2’s facebook page…
I-64 eastbound closed just outside of Nashville, IL because of storm damage
Tornado Watch issued November 17 at 10:44AM CST until November 17 at 4:00PM CST by NWS for St. Louis County via NWS
Tornado Watch issued November 17 at 10:44AM CST until November 17 at 4:00PM CST by NWS for St. Louis City
Tornado Watch issued November 17 at 10:44AM CST until November 17 at 4:00PM CST by NWS for St. Charles County