Waves of rough weather spawning high winds and a tornado tore through eastern Missouri and the St. Louis area Friday night, downing trees and power lines and sending gamblers rushing from a casino floor.
“When the prediction came to us in April, we built a wall with excess room at the top beyond what they suggested where the level might be,” Clarksville Mayor Jo Ann Smiley says.
At noon Thursday the Mississippi at St. Louis was 28.1 ft., less than two feet below the 30 ft. flood stage. By Saturday morning the river is expected to rise near 32.5 ft.
“Locally, in St. Louis, our budget was slashed by 75% from what it was a year ago,” Jim Sieveking with the National Weather Service said.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Buird expects storms to start popping up between eight and ten this evening.
Iowa is about to tie a state record for the longest stretch without a reported tornado.
“There is no comparison of 2013 to 2011,” Anthony Lupo said. “In 2011, we had a record number of tornadoes.”
At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
As we look forward to warming up and drying out, Mother Nature may not be on the same page.
A slow-moving ice storm is causing headaches in much of central Kansas, knocking out power to hundreds of customers and sending vehicles off highways. At least one traffic death is blamed on the ice.