Recovery underway after tornadoes and golf ball-sized hail rips through Southern Illinois toppling semis and damaging homes…
At least three tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service
An additional five or six funnel clouds were reported though never touching down
No serious injuries have been reported
Storm damage rippled into St Louis, Missouri, approximately 40 miles west, closing two schools and flooding streets
At least three tornadoes touched down in Southwestern Illinois on Tuesday evening with reports of golf ball-sized hail and strong winds ravaging several communities.
At least two semis were reported toppled from strong winds on I-64 near Okawville, hospitalizing two, with several roofs, buildings and at least three homes also damaged throughout Washington County, KSDK reports.
Raw Video: 9/25/2012 Okawville, IL Tornado footage
New footage in from Okawville, IL tornado. A large tornado with debris east of Okawville, Illinois which is about 35 east south east of Saint Louis, MO.
Tornado Washington County IL:
The trucker in one overturned rig was slightly injured, Okawville Police Chief Steve Millikin said, with two taken to Washington County, Illinois hospital. No other injuries were reported from the storm.
Strength: A funnel cloud is captured from a highway, one of several spotted whose strong winds in all would tear off roofs and turn over at least two semis:
Tornado warnings were in effect in Eastern Washington County until 6.15pm and Jefferson County until 6.45pm as the residents braced for the worst:
The weather service says parts of southern Illinois also received 4 to 6 inches of rain since Tuesday night, flooding Forest Park Parkway in St Louis, Missouri – approximately 40 miles west of Okawville – well into Wednesday morning.
Two elementary schools were also closed today due to power outages that knocked out power to thousands in the St Louis area.
Residents are being told their power will be returned by mid-day.
Of the three tornadoes KSDK reports one touching down near Damiansville while moving east at approximately 25 MPH. Hover to see Video Report:
A second was confirmed near Addieville sending fire fighters in a frenzy over reports of fires and a gas leak.
Awesome photo of the storm’s heavy wall as it begins to encompass the town’s sky: