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    Live Tracking: Severe Storms, Tornadoes

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    April 18, 2013, 10:11:58 AM EDT

    Some storms from the Ohio Valley to the Deep South continue to turn severe tonight with damaging wind gusts and up to tennis ball-sized hail.

    This blog on severe weather is no longer being updated as of March 24, 2012.

    The large twisting nature of the weather system responsible for the thunderstorms will aid in tornado formation. Southern Illinois into Kentucky have been under the gun since the midday hours.

    Pictures, Videos of Tornadoes Spinning Up

    A line of nasty thunderstorms is stretching from northeastern Alabama through eastern Tennessee and Kentucky into the Ohio Valley. The primary threats of these thunderstorms are damaging wind gusts and large hail. It is not out of the question for an isolated tornado to develop.

    At least one fatality and two injuries were reported in Jefferson county, Ill. A 60-year-old man was killed when a tornado rolled his trailer over several times.

    Feisty storms moved into Indiana at about 6:40 p.m. EDT producing small hail and a funnel cloud.

    Southern Alabama and southern Georgia have also been in the path of dangerous, tornado-producing thunderstorms. An EF-1 tornado was confirmed to have caused damage in Pike county Alabama at 9:26 a.m. EDT.

    Generally, any tornadoes that develop will be weak. However, if they target a populated area, there could still be damage, injuries and loss of life.

    So far today, there have been a total of 14 tornado reports.

    If a severe storm or tornado-related warning is issued for your area, seek shelter immediately.


    Latest Storm Reports:

    11:07 p.m. EDT: A funnel cloud was reported by a trained weather spotted 3 miles west of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.

    9:50 p.m. EDT: In the wake of a severe thunderstorm, hail was covering the ground 3 to 4 inches deep in Shelbyville, Ind.

    8:01 p.m. EDT: A funnel cloud was report by fire and rescue 2 miles north of Nashville, Indiana.

    6:28 p.m. EDT: A funnel cloud was reported by law enforcement in Greenville, Ohio.

    4:48 p.m. CDT: Law enforcement reported a wind gust of 60 mph in Vermilion,Ill.

    4:39 p.m. EDT: Law enforcement reported a brief tornado touchdown north of Center Square, In. After lifting, the funnel cloud was reported to be moving northeast.

    3:25 p.m. EDT: Law enforcement reported seeing a tornado on the ground in Kolomoki Mounds, Ga.

    1:57 p.m. CDT: A tornado briefly touched down 2 miles southeast of Carter, Ill.

    1:26 p.m. CDT: A tornado was reported in Opdyke, Ill.

    1:14 p.m. CDT: A tornado touched down in the Heritage Creek area in Fern Creek, Ky., east of Louisville.

    1:09 p.m. CDT: Police scanner has reported a tornado touchdown east of Tamaroa, Ill.

    1:49 p.m. EDT: A possible tornado damaged roofs and downed trees near Dothan, Ala.

    12:38 p.m. CDT: Schools in Du Quoin, Ill., have gone into tornado warning mode. Picture of the wall cloud from the Zeigler Elementary school web cam.

    12:31 p.m. CDT: @Henry_Margusity tweeted: Tornado on the Ground near Dowell and north of Elkville, Ill. Police are tracking. Golf ball-sized hail was reported near Harrisburg, Ill.

    12:14 p.m. CDT: A funnel cloud was spotted 5 miles north of De Soto, Ill.

    11:36 a.m. CDT: Public reported a funnel cloud east of Fruitland, Mo.

    11:33 a.m. CDT: Fire department reports that a possible tornado touched down briefly 1 mile west of Neelys Landing, Mo.

    11:11 a.m. CDT: Tennis ball-sized hail hammered Jackson, Mo.

    9:34 a.m. CDT: A tornado damaged a house and a barn 1 mile south of the Troy, Ala., Airport on Oak Grove Road.

    9:29 a.m. CDT: A tornado was spotted west of the Troy, Ala., Airport, heading eastward toward the airport.

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