Violent thunderstorms will bring the risk of damaging impacts across a large swath of the central and midwestern U.S. on Tuesday afternoon.
"A widespread outbreak of severe weather will begin by the late afternoon with the worst of the severe weather occurring after dark,” AccuWeather Meteorologist David Samuhel said.
Storms in this area will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts past 60 mph, hail larger than golf balls and multiple tornadoes.
“The area with the highest tornado threat will extend along the Ohio River from near Louisville to the Mississippi River, including southern Indiana, southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri and western and northern Kentucky,“ Samuhel said.
At 5:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, there were two thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes just west of Little Rock, Arkansas. One storm was very close to the town of Paron and moving to the northeast.
At the same time, severe thunderstorms were also moving through St. Louis producing hail as large as quarters.
There are reports of major damage around Ottawa, Illinois after a tornado moved through the area. Storm chasers in the area at the time reported a large, almost wedge-shaped tornado when the tornado-warned thunderstorm moved through the area.
Baseball-sized hail also fell around Ottawa, Illinois as the thunderstorm moved through.
Large tornado near Ottawa Illinois pic.twitter.com/l1cc3z0FKj
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At 4:34 p.m. CST Tuesday, a confirmed tornado was located near Cedar Point, Illinois and was heading east toward the towns of Oglesby, Utica, Ottawa and Grand Ridge.
At 4:04 p.m. CST Tuesday, a confirmed tornado was located near Low Moor, Iowa, and is heading east toward Sterling, Illinois. People in the path of the storm should seek shelter immediately.
A wall cloud was spotted on the southern edge of a nearby thunderstorm, located near Wyoming, Illinois.
Wall cloud near Wyoming, Illinois #ilwx pic.twitter.com/sVBMEyXpXV
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A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Long Grove, Iowa at 3:40 p.m. CST Tuesday and was tracking east toward the border of Iowa and Illinois.
Several other severe thunderstorms have developed over Iowa, Illinois, MIssouri and Arkansas, producing frequent lightning and hail as large as quarters.
All of Illinois is under a tornado watch with storms starting to erupt across the region. Latest watches & warnings: https://t.co/ipe1SW4J7i pic.twitter.com/7KZrpTDA8v
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) February 28, 2017
The first severe thunderstorm of the afternoon has developed over south-central Missouri. As of 2:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, the severe storm was located near Salem, Missouri and was tracking northeastward toward the St. Louis area.