Midwest Severe Weather Outbreak Kills 3; Storms Push East

All Client Alert
March 1, 2017

Reported approximate areas sustaining home damage:

Arkansas
Higginson (White County)
Kensett (White County)

Illinois
LaSalle (LaSalle County)
Naplate (LaSalle County)
Ottaw (LaSalle County)
Washburn (Marshall County)

Iowa
Walcott (Muscatine/Scott counties)

Missouri
Perryville (Perry County)

Ohio
Leesburg (Highland County)

Tennessee
Franklin (Williamson County)
Nashville (Davidson County)

Please click on the above states to view ZIP Code lists of approximate affected areas by county.
 
Please click above on the city of Nashville for an isolated approximate municipal ZIP code list.
 
NOTE: This is not currently a FEMA Declared Disaster.

A day after severe storms spawned deadly tornadoes in parts of the Midwest, the dangerous system shifted east and brought more damage to new areas.

Straight-line winds were likely to blame for several reports of structural damage in areas south and east of Nashville, Tennessee. In the Cool Springs area, a possible tornado left structural damage and widespread power outages, the Tennessean reported.

On Wednesday morning, more than 41,000 Duke Energy customers were without power in the greater Cincinnati area, according to a WKRC-TV report.

Numerous schools delayed the start of classes Wednesday as storms and gusty winds slowed morning commutes in Ohio and Indiana, the Associated Press reported. High water or flooding concerns were reported on various roadways from southwestern Ohio up toward Cleveland. Homes in Leesburg, Ohio, were damaged by a possible tornado, but there were no serious injuries, the report added.

The first round of severe storms claimed at least three lives Tuesday.

Near Perryville, Missouri, at least a dozen vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, were blown off Interstate 55 Tuesday after a tornado was spotted in the area, according to KFVS. One individual died and several were injured, Fox 2 St. Louis reports. Buildings and structures in the area were also damaged by winds. Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz said search and rescue crews were going door-to-door and checking the highway to see if there were other victims, the AP also said.

A large and dangerous confirmed tornado killed one person in Ottawa, Illinois. The victim was killed by an uprooted tree, according to the AP. Minor injuries were also reported at an Ottawa nursing home, but the number of those hurt in the twisters remains unknown.

A man was found dead in a field behind his heavily damaged home, Mark Pierce, the public works supervisor in Crossville, Illinois, told CNN. The man's wife sustained injuries in the storm and was taken to a local hospital.

About two dozen unconfirmed tornadoes have been reported across four states, according to the National Weather Service.

The LaSalle County Nursing Home in LaSalle, Illinois, sustained significant damage due to a likely tornado. Photos posted to social media showed the debris left behind.

A woman answering the telephone at the nursing home told the AP that several residents reported bumps and bruises but no serious injuries.

An electrical tower was downed at a street intersection and multiple buildings were also damaged in LaSalle due to the storm, NWS also reports. U.S. 60 had to be shut down Tuesday due to hail covering the highway. The hail was reportedly the size of half-dollars.

Initial reports suggested there was significant damage to structures in Naplate following the storm, the News Tribune reported.

A possible tornado was also spotted in Walcott, Iowa, Tuesday. Photos shared online showed a funnel cloud in the sky.

In Arkansas, White County Office of Emergency Management said four people were injured after a possible tornado touched down. The county was experiencing widespread power outages, authorities said.

Also in Arkansas, hundreds, including many school children, took shelter at Bald Knob High School in Arkansas after a tornado warning was posted for the area. The warning came moments after the storm caused damage in Higginson, according to the White County Sheriff's Office.

Through Wednesday night, a threat of widespread damaging thunderstorm winds is in play from the Ohio Valley and Appalachians into the Deep South and East Coast, possibly as far north as New York City, said weather.com meteorologist Jon Erdman.

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources:

FOX News (At least 2 dead after tornadoes hit central US)

CNBC/Reuters (Tornadoes, storms rip through US Midwest, killing at least two)

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