Tornado watch area in yellow. Flood watch area in green.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A tornado watch has been issued for many counties southeast of St. Louis until 4:00 pm. The initial alert included many more counties near St. Louis. Several of those watches have been canceled as the northern threat diminished.

A watch is different than a warning. The alert means that tornadoes are possible in the area. A warning means that you should take action. Pay attention to the changing forecast for alerts.

The threat of severe storms and tornadoes is now well south of the St. Louis metropolitan area and covers only the far southernmost counties in Missouri and Illinois. The St. Louis area should only expect more heavy rain.