A second day of powerful storms roars through southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky with weak tornados touching down in isolated spots and severe thunderstorms threatening such strikes in several states.
The National Weather Service issued tornado watches and a series of warnings in a dozen states on Wednesday that stretched northwest from Texas though the Mississippi River valley to Ohio.
Based on early assessments, authorities report one home destroyed and U.S. 60 blocked by trees and debris in the rural Carter County town of Ellsinore. Power was knocked out in nearby Grandin, and a church has been damaged there. A multiple-vortex tornado went through Ellsinore, Missouri.
Just to the east, a tornado was reported north of Greenville in Wayne County. Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Clark Parrott says people there had plenty of warning, but crews were heading to the unincorporated town of Silva to check for damage.
Carter County EMA Director Larry Sandarciero says six houses were severely damaged or destroyed east of Ellsinore, a few trailers rolled over in Grandin, about 12 homes had windows broken and their roofs peeled back. The city of Grandin is out of water. Ozark Border Electric is working to restore it. Carter County deputies are out in the county checking on places. The county does not have shelter open for storm victims, but if storm victims need a place to stay call Sandarciero at 573-776-4110.
Storms were also taking aim at Poplar Bluff and other cities in the region.
There were no immediate reports of any serious injuries or deaths.
Several thousand people are without power in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.
Emergency crews are fanning out in southeast Missouri looking for damage and injuries from a wave of storms packing funnel clouds, high winds and possible tornadoes.
The storms follow a deadly outbreak Tuesday in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas that killed at least 15 people. The nation's single deadliest tornado since 1950 killed 125 on Sunday in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin.