DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A severe threat of large hail and tornadoes was issued Wednesday across parts of the Midwest and South after more severe storms hit the country still beckoning from the weekend’s deadly storms.
The Storm Prediction Center said up to 40 million people from Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit to Memphis, Tennessee, were at risk for storms after Wednesday, with the greatest threat from lower Michigan, through the middle to the Ohio River to the lower valley and into the mid-South.
Storms moved in across the Ozarks in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri Wednesday morning, prompting tornado warnings. Suspected tornado damage with widespread debris and some injuries were reported in Missouri’s Bolinger County in the state’s southeast near the communities of Grassy Hill and Marble, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
Centurion. Clark Parrott told the Missouri State Road Talk KFVS-TV it was not immediately clear how many were injured.
Messages seeking more details about the overnight damage were left by The Associated Press with the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Bolinger County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning.
The storms come after severe storms and possibly dozens of tornadoes killed at least 30 days ago, creating a potential major disaster for those whose homes were destroyed in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois.
The worst storms started last Friday and continued into the weekend You gave birth to deadly tornadoes in 11 states as a system across Arkansas and into the South, Midwest and Northeast.
Schools in Little Rock were canceled for Wednesday because storm surges were expected to move up to a meter in the morning hours; KFVS-TV he reported
At least two tornadoes were confirmed Tuesday in Illinois as storms hit the state and overnight in eastern Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Iowa and Illinois on Tuesday evening and said a confirmed twister had been spotted south of Chicago near Bryant, Illinois. Officials said another Pollux hit Tuesday morning in the western Illinois community of Colon. Local news reported wind damage to some businesses there.
Earlier Tuesday, strong thunderstorms swept through the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois with winds up to 90 mph (145 kph) and baseball-sized hail. No injuries were reported, but trees were downed and some businesses were damaged in Moline, Illinois.
Northern Illinois, from Moline to Chicago, had 75-80 mph (120-128 kph) winds and hail 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) in diameter Tuesday afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Baker said. The agency received reports of a semitruck being tossed by winds in Lee County, about 95 miles (153 km) west of Chicago.
The same conditions that fueled those storms — an area of low pressure combined with strong southerly winds — were set for Tuesday’s early Wednesday morning, said Ryan Bunker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Those conditions, which typically include dry air from the west rising over the Rockies and moving into warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, are as follows. make the US so prone to tornadoes and other severe weather.
Temperature changes were dramatic, with Tuesday’s highs of 74 F (23 C) in Des Moines and 86 F (30 C) in Kansas City overnight to a low of 40 F (4 C) or colder overnight. In Little Rock, Arkansas, Tuesday’s high of 89 F (32 C) tied the record for the season in 1880.
A blizzard warning was in effect for nearly all of North Dakota and most of South Dakota through at least Wednesday night. In Minnesota, winter weather prevailed in the north.
Fire danger continued across portions of far western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, northern New Mexico and far southern Colorado, with low humidity, dry vegetation and high wind gusts. In Oklahoma, officials urged some residents near the town of Weatherford to evacuate because of a wildfire.
Associated Press Writers Trisha Ahmed in St. Paul, Minnesota; Margaret A. Beck in Omaha, Nebraska; Claire Savage in Chicago; Lisa Baumann in Bellingham, Washington; and Ben Finley in Norfolk, Virginia, contributed to this report.
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