Severe Thunderstorms Hit HeartlandApr 23rd, 2011 | By RhinoDoc | Category: In the News
ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Severe thunderstorms marched along band from Texas through to Ohio on Saturday as residents recoiled from a fierce storm that swept the west side of St. Louis.
The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for parts of southern Illinois to northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio amid severe thunderstorms.
Forecasters also were keeping watch on possible flooding along the Ohio and Great Miami rivers, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Saturday.
Elsewhere, severe storms produced significant damage to trees and power lines and were capable of producing strong winds of more than 80 miles per hour.
Areas of Texas, including Dallas, were on watch for severe thunderstorms, the weather service said.
A storm roared through the St. Louis area on Friday night, forcing the closure of its tornado-battered airport at least until Sunday, destroying dozens of homes, tossing cars and trucks and knocking out power to thousands of residents.
St. Louis hopes to bring the airport to 70 percent of capacity on Sunday and back to normal flights by midweek.
Conditions were brewing for severe weather from central Texas to the far-southern reaches of Missouri south of St. Louis, AccuWeather.com reported.
“A stalled front draped across the lower Midwest and central and southern Plains will generate severe storms again on Saturday and Sunday,” AccuWeather.com reported.
In northwest Tennessee, a severe thunderstorm was producing quarter-sized hail and high winds.
“Our next big one is going to be Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Danny Gant, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tenn. “Wednesday looks to be the worst of the two. Looks like all threats are possible.”
Two strong weather systems could bring several inches of rain, damaging winds, very large hail and tornadoes early next week in the region.