Severe storms firing in the late afternoon on Wednesday produced gusty winds, large hail, lightning, flash flooding and even a risk of tornadoes.
"The greatest risk for tornadoes will be from the lower Ohio Valley to parts of Arkansas and northwest Mississippi," said AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
A risk of flash flooding, damaging wind and hail impacted Indiana to Pennsylvania and the upper Texas coast and Louisiana into Wednesday night.
"On Thursday, the storms will migrate across the east and south," Sosnowski said.
3:10 a.m. EDT Thursday: Just south of Fort Wayne, Indiana, wind gusts were reported up to 45 mph within a thunderstorm.
1:50 a.m. EDT Thursday: Rainfall totals were reported in central Illinois as the majority of the storm moves off to the east. Totals ranged from 1.00" to 2.50".
12:29 a.m. EDT Thursday: The cold front is mostly through the St. Louis area now. A report came in with a total of 2.40 inches of rain with the storm.
11:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Wind gusts up to 58 mph were reported with a thunderstorm that pushed through Rantoul, Illinois.
11:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Ocean County, New Jersey is seeing wind gusts coming off the ocean between 40 and 50 mph
10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Wind gusts up to 60 mph were reported with a storm in southeastern Arkansas, just before the storm crossed the Mississippi River into northwestern Mississippi.
10:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday: With wind gusts in excess of 60 mph in Fisk, Missouri, damage was done to a deck railing on a house and a heavy grill was blown across the deck.
9:48 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A tree fell on a house in Florrisant, Mo., trapping a person in the basement.
9:37 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The St. Louis International Airport is closed. All people at the airport have been instructed to take shelter in the airport terminal.
9:32 p.m. EDT Wednesday: At least 36,000 people are without power in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
9:23 p.m. EDT Wednesday: I-270 and I-70 near the northwest suburbs of St. Louis, Mo., are shut down due to power lines down in the road
9:17 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A tornado was reported in Hazelwood, Mo. No initial reports of damage or injuries at this time.
8:49 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Thousands of people in Centre and Clearfield counties in Pennsylvania are without power.
8:47 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Storms with a rotating wall cloud are heading for downtown St. Louis, Mo. The storm knocked down hundreds of trees. A tornado is possible.
8:12 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Several roads are flooded and impassable in Hermitage, Mo.
7:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A 58-mph wind gust was reported in Eatons Neck, N.Y.
7:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Roads are flooded and impassable in Stone County, Ark., according to local law enforcement.
7:09 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A 70-mph wind gust was reported near Vilonia, Ark.
6:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Residents are trapped in their home due to wires down in Emlenton, Pa.
6:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A lightning strike started a house fire in Ozark, Mo.
6:07 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Half-dollar-sized hail was reported near Kell, Ill.
5:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Reports of a tornado in Botkinburg, Ark. A house was completely destroyed and a tractor-trailer flipped over.
5:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A tornado was reported on the ground in Scotland, Ark., and moving in the direction of Clinton.
5:24 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A spotter reported a funnel cloud 3 miles southwest of Waltonville, Ill.
5:21 p.m. EDT Wednesday: A roof was blown off of a building in Olyphant, Pa.
5:15 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Storms producing a rotating wall cloud were reported northwest of downtown St. Louis, Mo.
4:18 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Ping pong ball-sized hail was reported in Paris, Ill.
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