ST. MARY, Mo. – A suspected tornado damaged buildings and cut power in communities along the Missouri-Illinois border, with damage reported in other parts of the states due to extreme weather conditions.
A suspected tornado moved Sunday evening through St. Mary, Missouri, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) southeast of St. Louis, before crossing the Mississippi River in Chester, Illinois, National Weather reported. Service. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.
A large autumn storm system developed over the central part of the country on Sunday and strengthened as it passed through the St. Louis area, meteorologist Jared from the meteorological service told The Associated Press on Monday. Maples, based in St. Charles, Missouri. The storms dropped heavy rains, causing flooding around tributaries and in low lying areas, and spawned several suspected tornadoes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
“There are structures around the Farmington and Fredericktown area of Missouri that have been affected,” Maples said. “Chester, Illinois is another area that has been hit hard.”
The weather service is sending investigation teams to confirm whether those areas have been affected by tornadoes, he said.
It was likely a tornado that swept through the north side of Chester, a town of about 8,700 people across the Mississippi River from St. Mary’s, knocking over trees and power lines and causing damage. to homes, according to Larry Willis, spokesperson for Randolph County. Emergency management agency. Willis said he had preliminary reports of a tree falling on a house and damage to the roof of a nursing home.
Willis said the nearby village of Bremen “was directly affected” before the storm cleared about a mile east of that community. In its wake, a large storage building in Bremen was destroyed and Illinois Highway 150 was closed due to downed power lines and utility poles.
“When I was coming down here today you could see the treetops between Chester and Bremen so there is a well defined path,” he said.
Félix Meyer, Ste. Genevieve County’s director of emergency management told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that St. Mary, which has several hundred residents, was without power. Power outages have been reported in other communities in Missouri, as well as parts of Illinois.
Tina Lowry was in bed and her sister was in the living room when they heard a hiss on Sunday night. Lowry said she took refuge in her closet and her sister crouched in the bedroom as the house was torn apart. Vehicles were also destroyed by the storm.
“I’m just happy we’re alive,” she said.
In Fredericktown, a storage building was razed, the Post-Dispatch reported, and other buildings lost their roofs and their windows were cracked. The weather service confirmed Monday that a tornado of at least an EF2 rating had caused damage in the Fredericktown area. A tornado with this rating is considered strong and the wind speed ranges from 111 to 135 mph (179 to 217 km / h).
Earlier Sunday, video from a KMBC-TV helicopter captured a funnel cloud forming near Kansas City around the Missouri community of Kingston. There appears to have been some ground damage, the station reported.
Severe weather in the Midwest came in the form of a powerful storm that swept through southern California after flooding freeways, knocking down trees and causing mudslides in areas scorched by recent fires in the north of the state. Heavy showers and strong winds accompanied the storm.
The system that struck the Midwest continued east into the Ohio Valley on Monday, said St. Charles-based Weather Service meteorologist Alex Elmore.
“It has weakened as it moves east,” Elmore said. “There is a risk of severe weather later Monday in the Carolinas and parts of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.”
Forecasters expect more stormy weather later in the week. As of Tuesday afternoon, parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas could experience severe storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Forecasters said the storms could bring large hail, strong winds and isolated tornadoes.