Tornadoes ripped through the Midwestern United States causing destruction in many communities late on Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday night.
A preliminary rating of EF-3 or greater is expected with the storm damage just to the south of Crossville, Illinois, according to NWS Paducah. An EF-3 tornado has wind speeds between 136 to 165 mph and produces extensive damage, as seen below.
Preliminary data suggests at least 22 tornadoes occurred yesterday across the country.
— NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) March 1, 2017
One person died in Perryville, Missouri, while two people were killed in Illinois. Near the town of Crossville, Illinois, a 71-year-old man was killed when a tornado struck a building near his home. In Ottawa, Illinois, one person was killed after a tree was uprooted.
Severe thunderstorms moved through the Washington, D.C. area on Wednesday afternoon producing wind gusts as high as 78 mph. These strong gusts brought down trees and power lines, leaving more than 40,000 without electricity across the region for a time after the storms moved through.
Now that the sun is up, we're getting a first good look at the damage of last night's tornado in Perryville. https://t.co/T7dyxZpS45 pic.twitter.com/LAj6WGjADf
— Alex Martellaro (@alexmartellaro) March 1, 2017
Higginson, Arkansas tornado damage @KATVToddYak @KATVNews pic.twitter.com/IqnngadWZu
— Brian Emfinger (@brianemfinger) March 1, 2017
More from north #perryville, national weather service estimates at this damage point in #PerryCounty tornado was half a mile wide. pic.twitter.com/mvppFyO7fH
— J.M. Simeone (@jnnsmn) March 1, 2017
Update - Trees down - Parkwood Rd & Brookfield Dr, Parkwood/Kensington; 10200blk Parkwood Ct, tree on occupied house w/ no injury pic.twitter.com/XjV0tVGHZm
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) March 1, 2017