More than 62 million people are at risk of severe weather Wednesday as a major storm system spawns tornadoes across the Central US, threatening more damage after battering Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan.
certainly five tornadoes were reported Tuesday, including two in Iowa and three in Illinois, where many buildings were damaged owns a gas station; broken in the city colonnade and multiple semi-trucks are blown along I-88.
Im- notable is the large, baseball-sized hail. There were more than 100 hail reports across Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Michigan on Tuesday. Davenport, Iowa, was pelted with 4 inch hail – just larger than a softball – while Oswego received smaller, baseball-sized hail.
“I heard the worst in Davenport. It sounded like the roof tiles were hitting,” Davenport resident Paul Schmidt wrote on Facebook.
Dangerous tornadoes are still possible overnight in parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and southern Missouri — areas already devastated by last week’s tornado and tornado damage that killed 32 people.
A “large and very dangerous tornado confirmed” was reported near Glenallen, Missouri early Wednesday, the National Weather Service in St. Louis said. Glenallen is about 35 miles west of Cape Girardeau and the storm was expected to pass north of the city.
A tornado warning was also issued early Wednesday near Hardy, Arkansas, where the weather service said the storm had produced a “large and very dangerous tornado.” Hardy is about 60 miles northeast of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The area included in the tornado watch is that over 2 million people in parts of central and northern Arkansas, southern Illinois, and southern Missouri until 9:00 am – including in Little Rock, Arkansas, which sustained the most severe damage last week and is clearing debris today.
“We continue to think about the possibility of another severe weather event in the midst of this recovery, but we must be vigilant and prepared,” said Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. it is said. “Especially in our already rough neighborhoods, please stay safe in place and avoid spending the night in damaged buildings.
On Wednesday, several severe storm threats look to the east, with many attacking the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes.
An increased risk of severe weather, levels 3 out of 5, is provided from northern Arkansas to northern Ohio and central Michigan; from Detroit to Memphis, where residents need to prepare for strong tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and large hail.
Storms were expected continue through Wednesday morning and redevelop during the afternoon. The greatest threat will be in the Great Lakes region, including Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis, where strong tornadoes are possible from late morning into the early evening hours.
“Storm conditions in these areas can be life-threatening at times, and those in affected areas should monitor their local NWS Weather Office for Advisories, Watches, and Warnings,” the weather service warned.
Heavy rain totals of 1-3 inches are also possible from east Texas to southern Ohio.
As the twisting Midwest and South loom, expect winter weather to plague the Northern Plains. The area is expected to be hit by a blizzard on Wednesday, the next day the “blizzard” conditions led to a shutdown of more than 100 miles of the interstate.
Widespread snow totals are expected from the Northern Rockies to the Northern Plains.
“Some April snow records will be challenged in the Dakotas and at the heart of Minnesota, and totals will locally exceed two feet,” the National Weather Service said.
Heavy snow and strong winds will also combine to create widespread blizzard conditions with near-zero visibility, making travel dangerous to impossible.
“The cold temperatures will feel even colder because of the strong winds, and life-threatening winds below zero are forecast in the northern plains,” the National Weather Service said.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation urged drivers to stop the trips, warning that conditions were too dangerous even for emergency crews.
“If you don’t have to drive, stay off the roads. It’s dangerous for you and the emergency crew. If you’re stranded, crews can’t get to you tweeted.