After a fatal day of tornadoes in the heart of the country, the severe weather threat continues Wednesday.
About two dozen tornadoes were reported Tuesday, most in Illinois. At least one fatality is being reported from LaSalle, IL with more than a dozen sent to the hospital. The National Weather Service is also reporting that another life was lost in Crossville, IL as well. Officials in Perryville, MO are reporting one dead after a tornado ravaged the town and closed down a six mile stretch of I-55.
Hail 4.5″ in diameter was reported in Monnie Springs, AR. That’s the size of a grapefruit! A wind gust of 95 mph was reported in East Chicago, IN. That’s the equivalent of an EF-1 tornado or high end category 1 hurricane.
A widespread severe threat lasted into Wednesday morning and is expected to ramp up again in the afternoon. A flooding risk will go hand-in-hand as heavy rain pelts the Ohio Valley.
The tornado threat is at 5% from the Storm Prediction Center. That means there is a 5% risk of a tornado occurring within 50 miles of any given point in the brown shaded area. Wind damage could be widespread as the powerful line of storms moves east. Large hail will also be a possibility.