Reports: Damage, power outages reported after severe storms slam midwestern, southern US

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
April 04, 2018, 3:22:06 AM EDT

As of 2:20 a.m. CDT Wednesday, the reports below are no longer being updated. Click here for a photos recap of the severe weather.

An extensive severe weather outbreak will continue to threaten areas from the Gulf coast to the Ohio Valley into early Wednesday.

Areas from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley and Appalachians are at risk for the potent storms, which carry the risk of damaging winds, hail, flash flooding and isolated tornadoes. Wind gusts may reach up to 70-80 mph.

“Powerful thunderstorms containing damaging winds, hail, flooding downpours and isolated tornadoes will impact areas from northeastern Texas to central Indiana,” warned AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael Doll.

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1:55 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Thunderstorms ripped through the Houston metro on Tuesday night, triggering damage at the city's Hobby Airport.

Firefighters responded to a collapsed hangar with several pilots trapped inside, according to ABC13. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Winds during the height of the storm reached 60 mph, according to weather observations at the airport.

12:20 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Severe storms have shifted eastward and now stretch from eastern Kentucky to northeastern Alabama.

In Leslie County, Kentucky, wind gusts as high as 60 mph have downed numerous trees.

Emergency managers in Etowah County, Alabama, report numerous road closures due to downed trees.

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10:50 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Extensive wind damage has been reported in eastern Mississippi with many trees and power lines down.

Wind gusts as high as 44 mph were reported at Columbus, Mississippi, as the line of severe storms swept through.

The severe weather has since reached northern Alabama, where winds have gusted as high as 72 mph in Hartselle.

9:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

There have been widespread reports of downed trees and power outages in central and northern Mississippi after a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area.

Over 18,000 electric customers are without power across the state, including over 85 percent of customers in Leake County.

9:10 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Storm damage has been reported near Garfield, Kentucky, where a severe thunderstorm blew part of the roof of a building.

Similar damage was also reported in Raleigh, Illinois, after a tornado-warned thunderstorm moved through the area.

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Storm damage in Garfield, Kentucky. (Photo/ Twitter user @trishgentry918)

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Storm damage in Garfield, Kentucky. (Photo/ Twitter user @trishgentry918)

8:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Over 54,000 electric customers are without power in areas impacted by severe thunderstorms, including over 22,000 in Ohio, 17,000 in Louisiana and 15,000 in Kentucky.

More power outages will be possible overnight as the line of severe thunderstorms continues to track eastward toward the Appalachian Mountains.

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A lightning strike near Oak Hill, Ohio, on Tuesday evening. (Photo/Russ Smith)

8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Damage spotted from severe weather in Xenia, Ohio, as well as Clifton near South Charleston, Ohio.

Horses were rescued by the owners and neighbors after a barn collapsed in Clifton, Ohio.

8:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Two severe thunderstorms south of Louisville, Kentucky, are capable of producing tornadoes. These storms have a history of producing tornadoes, so people should seek shelter immediately.

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8 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Over 25,000 electric customers are without power across northern Louisiana after a line of severe storms blasted across the area.

7:03 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

AccuWeather is live with AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer, who is chasing severe thunderstorms in Kentucky.

6:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Damage from a tornado-warned supercell has been reported in downtown Lafayette County, Indiana. A funnel cloud was spotted in the area.

6:35 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Damage has been reported near Galatia, Illinois, after a tornado-warned thunderstorm passed through the town, according to law enforcement. It is unclear at this time if the damage was caused by a tornado.

A possible tornado was also reported near Hornersville, Missouri, late on Tuesday afternoon as storms moved through the area.

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A possible tornado near Hornersville, Missouri. (Photo/Michael Pankey)

6:22 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Several thunderstorms from northeastern Arkansas to southern Illinois are capable of producing tornadoes. Some tornadoes that develop may be rain-wrapped, making them difficult to see due to heavy rain.

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Thunderstorms are also capable of producing large hail with some reports of hail larger than baseballs across the region.

5:27 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado just passed to the south of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and is tracking east toward Tamms, Illinois.

Although the worst of the storm passed to the south of Cape Girardeau, there have been multiple reports of hail in the city.

5:14 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Hail larger than quarters has been reported in the line of thunderstorms extending from Illinois to Texas. This includes hail that fell in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, late Tuesday afternoon.

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Hail larger than quarters in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo/@Etquillen)

4:25 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is heading toward Columbus, Ohio. People in and around the city should seek shelter immediately.

This tornado warning comes less than 40 hours after snow was reported at Columbus International Airport.

4:08 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A tornado has been reported near South Charleston, Ohio, and is moving east, according to law enforcement.

The thunderstorm that produced this tornado is embedded in a line of storms moving east across southern Ohio. These storms also have a history of producing hail and damaging winds.

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3:07 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is approaching Dayton, Ohio. This thunderstorm may also bring large hail, strong winds and heavy downpours.

2:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A severe thunderstorm is moving through St. Louis and is producing hail as large as quarters. The storms are moving east and should clear the city by the Tuesday evening commute.

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2 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A tornado watch has been issued for areas from central Ohio through Arkansas. People in this area should be on alert and take shelter when a severe thunderstorm approaches.

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10:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday:

Heavy rain is causing flash flooding around parts of Indiana this morning, including near Indianapolis.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reported several road closures due to flooding, including portions of state highways 257 and 256.

With about 3.12 inches of rain, Indianapolis set a new daily rainfall record for the month of April. The old record was 3.06 inches in 2011.

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