Update on Severe Weather In Central Plains and Ohio Valley (credit: NWS SPC, Jordan Jones via U.S. Severe Weather Network)
DISCUSSION: As of 4Z (11 PM EST), the NWS has Tornado Watches stretching across the majority of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, and are continuing to issue Tornado Warnings as the night continues. Numerous severe weather sightings have been filed with the Storm Prediction Center reporting tornadoes, strong winds, and hail. In the video below (courtesy of Jordan Jones via U.S. Severe Weather Network) is one of the numerous reported tornadoes that have occurred in Illinois. These tornadoes have resulted in severe damage to homes and buildings, electrical power failures, and 1 fatality. In addition, hail nearing 4.5” in diameter along with winds reaching up to 95 mph have been reported across the states as well. As thunderstorms continue to develop along and ahead of the strong cold front, severe weather can be expected throughout the night and into the early morning. If you reside in this region, please be aware of any upcoming weather threats and keep up to date with any NWS-issued watches and warnings.
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