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Monday, February 28, 2011

Central States News: Severe Thunderstorms- Tornadoes Rake Kansas- Missouri and Illinois



At least 6 people suffered non life-threatening injuries and about 30000 Missourians were without power as of mid-morning Monday after severe storms and a few tornadoes raked an swath from south-central Kansas- southwest through east-central Missouri into western Illinois Sunday afternoon and night.


The injured were all on the Illinois side of Metro St. Louis- where 3 tornadoes are reported to have touched down and at least 2 homes were damaged near the Illinois community of Shobonier- according to the ST. LOUIS (MO) POST-DISPATCH online.

A time-lapse video shows the storms as they moved through the St. Louis area Sunday night.


Two rounds of thunderstorm supercells began developing in extreme northern Oklahoma and south-central Kansas during the 5-o'clock hour Sunday afternoon.

A tornado soon touched down in Cowley county KS near Maple City around 6:20 p.m.- but no damage was reported.

Power poles were knocked down by high straight-line winds during the 2nd-round of storms around 8:15 p.m. near NcCune KS..

That caused schools in the community to run 2 hours late Monday morning.

Large trees were also blown-over in nearby Pittsburg- according to KOAM-TV7 in Pittsburg.

No one was injured in any of the storms in southeastern Kansas or southwestern Missouri.

The storms rolled across Missouri at freeway speeds (60-70 mph) Sunday evening- producing numerous reports of large hail and high winds that caused scattered damages before reaching the St. Louis area around 10 p.m..

An earlier bout with severe thunderstorms had caused damage in Shelbina county MO near Hannibal Sunday evening- and that round also brought heavy rain and hail to eastern Missouri.

Survey teams from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in St. Louis are checking locations where high winds and possibly tornadoes caused damage.

Those locations were:

1) A FEW MILES SOUTH OF SHELBINA IN SHELBY COUNTY MISSOURI.



(2) NEAR PERRY IN RALLS COUNTY MISSOURI.


(3) WASHINGTON AND NEAR GRAYS SUMMIT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY MISSOURI.


(4) NEAR MEHLVILLE AND CLAYTON IN SAINT LOUIS COUNTY MISSOURI.


(5) NEAR TROY AND GRANITE CITY IN MADISON COUNTY ILLINOIS.


(6) NEAR OKAWVILLE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY ILLINOIS.


(7) NEAR BARTELSO IN CLINTON COUNTY ILLINOIS.


(8) NEAR SHOBONIER IN FAYETTE COUNTY ILLINOIS.


(9) NEAR CENTRALIA IN MARION COUNTY ILLINOIS.
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