ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX) updated at 7:00 a.m., Wednesday– Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45 million people. Hail fell so quickly that motorists had to pull over and stop in Missouri.
At least two people are dead and more are injured after a storm cell passed just north of Perryville, Mo and into Illinois, Tuesday night.
The Missouri Department of Transportation closed Interstate 55 in both directions because of storm damage and overturned vehicles. The winds were picking up cars and moving them off of the highway, and homes were destroyed across the area.
One person in Perry County says, “It looks like a bomb went off,” Wednesday morning.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said in a statement that a tornado was confirmed in Perry County. Authorities have not released any information about the person killed there.
The tornado crossed I-55 around mile marker 133 about 80 miles south of St. Louis. It also crossed Highways 51 and 61. This storm was part of a larger system that spawned tornadoes across Missouri and Illinois.
MODot closed I-55 in both directions because of storm damage in Perryville.
Perry County School District has cancelled all classes for Wednesday.
At Ottawa, Illinois, state Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Patti Thompson says a tornado victim was killed by an uprooted tree. Minor injuries were also reported at an Ottawa nursing home, but Thompson said the number of those hurt in the twisters was not known.
Police Capt. David Gualandri says there are gas leaks and power lines down all across the city.
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