Emergency crews are searching homes and other structures in a northern Illinois town to make sure nobody is trapped rubble left by Thursday’s deadly tornado.
Another day of warmth Thursday, mixed in with humidity, instability, an approaching front and the jet stream, would contribute to steadily worsening weather. “By Thursday, it looks like all those ingredients come together. … You can really blow up some big storms.”
“The potential is there,” says National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Kramper. A Joplin-sized tornado “could easily occur right across the Metro-area. If those conditions come together here, it could happen.”
A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes to the region less than a week after meteorologists reported no tornadoes in the United States thus far in March.
Missouri’s 41st annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, weather permitting.
Tornadoes hit towns in Illinois, including New Minden.
For the St. Louis forecast area in 2014, there have been four tornadoes on the Missouri side and 11 in Illinois, for a total of 15 in the area.
Residents of Pilger braced for a massive cleanup after a storm with dual tornadoes tore through their tiny northeast Nebraska town, killing a 5-year-old and damaging more than half of the community’s structures.
Roofs blown off & power lines down in Ray County town of Orrick.
Peoria County coroner says Washington, Ill. woman died Thursday, bringing count to 7.