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Tornado hits Missouri, threatens severe weather in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A tornado hit Missouri on Wednesday morning, and the number of injuries is unknown as severe thunderstorms with more hail and tornado threats are forecast for parts of the Midwest and South.

The storm threatened areas including parts of the country still reeling from the weekend’s deadly weather. Said it was in danger of a storm late. South.

A tornado warning was issued Wednesday morning as the storm moved across the Ozarks of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. The National Weather Service said a tornado hit Bollinger County in southeastern Missouri on Wednesday morning with an unknown number of injuries.

“We know the tornado is definitely making landfall, damaging homes and causing injuries, but we don’t know the extent of it,” said Justin Gibbs, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky. said.

Initially, the tornado appeared to have been above ground for 15 to 20 miles (24 to 32 km) in an area about 90 miles (145 km) south of St. Louis, Gibbs said. He said the weather service will send a survey team to the area later Wednesday to assess the damage and determine the strength of the tornado.

The Missouri Highway Patrol previously reported suspected tornado damage in Bollinger County in the southeastern state near the communities of Grassy and Marble Hill, causing widespread debris and several injuries. Clark Parrott of the Missouri Highway Patrol told KFVS-TV that the number of injured is not immediately known.

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The Associated Press left a message Wednesday morning for the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office requesting more details about the overnight damage.

The storm comes after bad weather, meaning it could make conditions more dire for those whose homes were destroyed in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois.

The violent storm began last Friday and continued through the weekend, creating deadly tornadoes in 11 states as the system pushed its way through Arkansas and into the South, Midwest and Northeast.

A Little Rock school canceled Wednesday’s classes because a storm was expected to move on the subway during the morning rush hour, KFVS-TV reported.

At least two tornadoes were confirmed in Illinois on Tuesday. Before dawn, the storm targeted the state and eastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for Iowa and Illinois on Tuesday night, saying a confirmed twister was spotted southwest of Chicago near Bryant, Illinois. Officials said another tornado made landfall in the community of Corona in western Illinois on Tuesday morning. Local news reports showed wind damage to several businesses there.

A strong thunderstorm hit the Quad Cities area of ​​Iowa and Illinois early Tuesday, bringing winds up to 90 miles per hour (145 kilometers per hour) and baseball-sized hail. No injuries were reported, but a tree fell in Moline, Illinois, damaging some businesses.

Northern Illinois, from Moline to Chicago, said Tuesday afternoon winds of 75 to 80 miles per hour (120 to 128 kilometers per hour) and 2 to 3 inches (5 ~8 centimeters) of hail. The agency received a report of a semi truck overturning in the wind in Lee County, about 95 miles (153 km) west of Chicago.

According to Ryan Bunker, a meteorologist at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, the same conditions that caused these storms — an area with a combination of low pressure and strong southerly winds — hit early Tuesday through Wednesday. It is said to have caused bad weather.

Typically, dry air from the west rises over the Rocky Mountains and collides with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. These conditions make the United States prone to tornadoes and other violent storms. increase.

Dramatic temperature shifts are happening, with highs Tuesday of 74 F (23 C) in Des Moines and 86 F (30 C) in Kansas City, dropping to 40 F (4 C) or lower overnight. I was. In Little Rock, Arkansas, Tuesday’s highest temperature was 89 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), tying the record set in 1880.


Trisha Ahmed, writer for AP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Margery A. Beck of Omaha, Nebraska. Claire Savage of Chicago. Lisa Baumann of Bellingham, Washington. His Ben Finley of Norfolk, Virginia contributed to this report.

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