Tornado Blogging: 21 Tornadoes Touch Down in Missouri Today – Funnel Cloud Spotted in North St. Louis Suburbs
A massive storm system is moving into St. Louis this afternoon. The whole area is under a severe storm warning.
St. Louis Area Under Tornado Watch Until 9 p.m.
This map was posted at 3:45 PM CST. St. Louis is in there somewhere.
Click here for a list of warnings in the St. Louis area.
A funnel cloud was spotted in the north St. Louis suburbs.
Via St. Louis Today (3:53 PM CST):
Projected path of a funnel cloud includes BERKELEY, KINLOCH, JENNINGS, HAZELWOOD, FERGUSON, DELLWOOD, BFN, FLORISSANT, RIVERVIEW, BLACK JACK.
There were several tornadoes reported in central Missouri this afternoon. The front is moving this way.
One tornado hit part of Sedalia, Mo., in the early afternoon, causing minor injuries and damaging several businesses. Two more were seen briefly north of of Interstate 70 near Kingdom City shortly after 2 p.m.
Another touched down briefly south of Montgomery City, Mo., 70 miles west of St. Louis, damaging a few homes, according to early reports. That storm was headed to the northeast.
The Audrain County Sheriff’s office in Mexico, Mo., northwest of Montgomery City, reported a funnel in the air north of its jail shortly before 3 p.m.
There were isolated reports of large hail, including one-inch hail in Steelville, 80 miles southwest of St. Louis, and in Ralls County, near Hannibal.
The entire region is also under a flashflood warning.
FOX 2 News reported:
The entire St. Louis region is under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m. Wednesday, meaning conditions are favorable to spark thundestorms that could produce tornadoes. A widespread severe weather outbreak is expected by Wednesday afternoon and evening with large hail, damaging winds, and the possibility of tornadoes. Storms are expected to hit the St. Louis area around 2 or 3 p.m.
Flash Flooding will also be a threat Wednesday evening as very heavy rainfall will occur over ground that is already saturated, leading to rises on area streams, creeks, and rivers.
Local radio host Dana Loesch said that 21 tornadoes were spotted in Missouri today.
Tornado sirens went off in Jefferson City, Missouri’s Capital City, at 1 PM CST today.
Tornado sirens went off in St. Louis City at 3:30 PM CST today. They just went off again. (4:15 PM CST) It’s raining now but there is not much wind yet.
UPDATE: This was wild. It started hailing in St. Louis quarter-sized hail pieces. So I took my camera and was filiming in come down when it shattered part of my patio table. I think I captured this on tape. I will post it up later.
UPDATE: There’s a lull in the violence. The major front passed through St. Louis but there is still a tornado watch until 9 PM CST.
UPDATE: This funnel cloud was spotted north of St. Louis near Troy, Missouri.
This funnel cloud was seen at Troy, Mo., at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, shortly before a touch down was reported in Silex. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)