Winds cut path of destruction in Missouri, Illinois

Vickie Amos in Carbondale, Ill. says this downed tree damaged her deck. (Source: Vickie Amos)
Vickie Amos in Carbondale, Ill. says this downed tree damaged her deck. (Source: Vickie Amos)
Lightning in Fruitland, Mo. (Source: Gila Todd)
Lightning in Fruitland, Mo. (Source: Gila Todd)
Steve in Murray, Ky. says a roof ended up in his yard and car in the Gatesborough Subdivision.
Steve in Murray, Ky. says a roof ended up in his yard and car in the Gatesborough Subdivision.
A trampoline got trapped in some power lines in Logan, IL.
A trampoline got trapped in some power lines in Logan, IL.
Winds toppled this cedar tree 11 miles from Perryville, Mo.
Winds toppled this cedar tree 11 miles from Perryville, Mo.

High winds cut a swath of damage across the Heartland Tuesday night. The National Weather Service is working to confirm if any tornadoes officially caused the damage.

Southeast Missouri

The National Weather Service out of Paducah has confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit Patton on Tuesday evening.

According to NWS, the tornado had peak winds of 80 mph, it was 100 yards wide and .75 miles long.

Reports of many snapped and uprooted trees occurred with this storm along with damaging straight-line winds. A barn was reported destroyed as well.

There was widespread tree and power pole damage reported from straight-line winds between Patton and Sedgewickville.

One person was injured after the roof collapsed at a Perryville apartment building.  The Southeast Missouri chapter of the American Red Cross disaster volunteers activated its response.

A Glen Allen couple is happy to be alive after a car accident on Hwy DD during the storms.  David Lindley says a huge tree fell right in front of him and he had no choice but to hit it.  His car ended up vertical, stuck inside the fallen tree.

"I was just thinking I don't want my wife to be hurt," said Lindley.

Lindley's wife has minor injuries, but Lindley says he's so thankful to be alive.

Storms uprooted trees in Stoddard County too.  A tree fell on part of the school in Advance and while classes were not canceled, some classrooms could not be used.

Several cars hit cows that got out on Interstate 55 Tuesday night at the 118 mile markers. Five cows are dead, five survived, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Somehow cows got out Tuesday night and with all the rain overnight they couldn't get the cows put away or the dead cows removed. Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Transportation is working to clean up the scene.

The city hall in Parma, Mo. is heavily damaged. Parma residents and officials are assessing the damage to City Hall and other buildings from Tuesday's storms. High winds blew off part of the roof on the biggest half of City Hall and Community Building in Parma. A vacant brick building at the corner of Main and Broadway shows some of the more dramatic damage of the structures damaged in the town.

A car is stuck vertical next to a tree on Hwy. DD in Bollinger County.

Students at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau are working to help clean up the school after winds damaged. The school was going to have a half day. More than 100 students showed up to help clean up. The cafetorium, (cafeteria, auditorium, band room, costume shop) sustained damage. Power lines were downed at the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway "A/EE".

Police say strong winds downed a light pole at the intersection around 9:30 Tuesday night. Crews had the intersection reopened by 11 p.m. There were also trees and power lines downed on the 300 block of Black Street. We have reports of one tree falling on a house in Chaffee.

In Oran, winds downed a huge tree on Russell Street. Someone at the scene said the tree might have been 100 years old. It snapped about 8 to 10 feet up the trunk and completely blocked the road. This all happened around 9:30. Crews worked past midnight to cut up the tree and haul branches off the road. The only other damage in town, a blown transformer which caused a widespread power outage. Power to most of the town was restored around 10:30.

Near Randles, Mo. there were unconfirmed reports of a tornado. The National Weather Service says a team of trained spotters reported the twister. Winds in the are around Randles ripped huge limbs from trees. There are also reports of a window being blown out of one home there.

Southern Illinois

Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole issued a Disaster Emergency Proclamation at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Carbondale experienced damage from the powerful winds. Numerous trees and limbs were down and caused temporary road closures and widespread electric outages.

The National Weather Service has gathered some amazing wind gust information. Gusts in Jackson and Alexander counties were clocked at 80 to 90 miles per hour. The most powerful gust reported was in Vienna. Shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday a trained spotter reported a gust of 103 miles per hour.

One of the hardest hit areas of southern Illinois is Sesser. Straight line winds blew over some carports south of Fine Street. Kevin Kowalski lives about seven miles west of town. Kowalski says winds destroyed a machine shed at his farm. He also says before the storm hit, he had five grain bins. Wednesday morning he has none! Winds ripped them apart.

Jefferson and Hamilton counties were also hit hard. The Jefferson County Sheriff's 911 dispatch center received more than 70 emergency calls between 8:30 p.m. and midnight. EMA, CERT, and the Jefferson County South Baptist Chain Saw Team are working to clean up the Waltonville. They will then move to Belle Rive.

Jefferson County EMA along with the Salem South Baptist Disaster Relief Team is offering free tree removal for citizens in Jefferson County. Residents in Waltonville can go by Waltonville City Hall to sign up and residents in other parts of the county can sign up at the Salem South office located at 901 Park Ave in Mount Vernon.

Galatin County had damage due to 90 mph straight-line winds according to the National Weather Service in Paducah. There are reports of barns and silos destroyed and many large trees at the trunk were uprooted as a result of high winds.

Numerous trees are down and many homes are without power in the Dahlgren area. The National Weather Service says it appears straight line winds destroyed a farm building near exit 89 on Interstate 64. That damage took place as the storm system blew through the area around 9:12 p.m.

Western Kentucky

There were several reports of county highways being closed across western Kentucky while crews worked to clean up the damage. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says all lanes of Highway 41 are now open.

At one point, downed power lines blocked the lanes in Christian County. Only one lane of westbound I-24 was open in Lyon County before noon. Crews were still working to clear that site of storm debris.

Power Outages

As of 4 p.m Thursday, Ecyptian Electric Cooperative reported 60 members without power. At the peak of the storm, about 5,200 cooperative members were without power.

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative reported 500 customers without power.  The cooperative had 8,300 outages at the peak of the storm.

As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Egyptian Electric Cooperative reports about 306 members without power. At the peak of the event, about 5,200 cooperative members were without electric service. Full restoration to all members able to receive service is expected by Thursday evening.

Ameren Illinois spokesperson Victoria Busch reports they restored more than 77,228 customers since Wednesday after Tuesday night's storms. They have 15,000 yet to complete restoration in Williamson (1,857), Jackson (2,150), Franklin (1,643) counties on Thursday.

At the height of the storm nearly 82,092 customers across all Ameren Illinois were without power.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Ameren Missouri reported only 36 power outages in Missouri, most of those in southeast Missouri.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, Ameren Illinois reported more than 19,000 still without power in Illinois.

The number of customers without power peaked at about 83,000 Tuesday night. Some outages could continue into Thursday and possibly Friday as crews work to repair extensive damage.

Victoria Busch with Ameren says they believe power poles are floating in Rend Lake and extra crews are headed that way.

Most outages now are concentrated in southern Illinois. Large outages include Centralia – 3,992, Carbondale – 541, Carterville – 234, Du Quoin – 4,325, Mount Vernon – 542, Benton – 589. A complete listing of outages by zip code and by county is available at

SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative reported 1,900 members without power Wednesday after owing high winds.  The storms caused numerous downed trees and broken poles.

SEIEC had about 8,300 outages at the peak of the storm primarily due to loss of transmission service to 14 distribution substations.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative suffered widespread outages to its distribution system through-out Randolph, Jackson and Williamson counties. The storm has created outages from Sparta to areas south of Marion. As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, about 2,630 members are without power. At the peak of the event, approximately 5,200 cooperative members were without electric service.

Line crews from Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Breese; and Monroe County Electric Cooperative, Waterloo; are assisting Egyptian crews with restoration efforts. In addition to the cooperative line crews, four contractor line crews and three tree trimming crews from Oilfield Electric are on site.

With more than 140 different outages (line and individual outages) and sometimes difficult conditions, it is extremely hard to narrow restoration times, according to Egyptian Electric Coop. To receive Twitter texts on your cell phone with exact restoration locations, send "follow EgyptianCoop" to 40404. Standard text messaging charges from your service provider may apply.

Ameren Missouri reports more than 600 outages as of 8:40 a.m. with outages in Scott, St. Francois, Iron, and Cape Girardeau counties. Black River Electric reports 9,000 customers without power. Send your storm pictures and video to or upload them here.

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