The Associated Press is reporting that state emergency officials have revised the storm dead toll to six people dead in southern Illinois.
Heartland News had earlier received reports of 10 people killed in the Harrisburg, Ill. after a possible tornado swept through the area.
Two of the victims are children. One man was killed in Stoddard County. One person was killed in southwest Missouri. Missouri Gov. Jan Nixon has declared a state of emergency.
Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday directed the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to activate the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Springfield following severe storms and tornadoes that struck Harrisburg and other areas in Southern Illinois Wednesday morning. The Governor also announced plans to visit Harrisburg later Wednesday.
IEMA regional personnel were deployed to Harrisburg soon after the storms and representatives from the Illinois State Police, departments of Transportation, Central Management Services, Corrections, Public Health and Natural Resources, along with the American Red Cross, reported to the SEOC soon thereafter. The governor says the SEOC will remain activated as long as necessary.
Saline County, IL damage
At least 100 people have been injured in the Harrisburg area, according to the Saline County Sheriff's Office. At least 300 houses have been damaged or destroyed with at least 25 businesses damaged or destroyed in the Harrisburg area, according to the sheriff's office.
Siteseers are asked to stay away from the City of Harrisburg. Numerous power lines are down and gas lines leaking. Several streets are blocked and residents should treat all power lines as still being energized.
The mayor of Harrisburg tells Heartland News that this is a horrific event. He says the damage is very profound and heartbreaking.
The mayor says that Red Cross is set up at First Baptist and the superintendent of schools in Harrisburg has canceled classes the rest of week.
The National Weather Service is enroute to investigate the tornado damage and will he here later Wednesday morning.
A shelter is open at the First Baptist Church in Harrisburg on North Main Street. Donations may be made to the Red Cross at the First Baptist Church or the Salvation Army.
People should not call 911 or the dispatch center to report power line outages, please contact Ameren Illinois direct. Ameren Illinois doesn't have a time of when power will be restored.
A news conference will be held at 2 p.m. outside the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
Heartland News has two multi-media journalists covering the Harrisburg area. Rescue and recovery efforts are underway as emergency crews look for missing people.
A strip mall area with several business have been flattened.
Wyrick says he sees mattresses hanging from trees. He says the windows and doors have been blown out of the Wal-Mart in town. Several businesses are destroyed on the south side of town.
The Harrisburg school superintendent says Harrisburg Middle School sustained some damage. School is called off for the remainder of the week.
Tyler Profilet reports a lot of damage in the Harrisburg area, including semi trucks tipped over. One man says it sounded like a freight train as he hid in a closet with his son. Several emergency crews from numerous departments are responding to the area.
Power lines are downed in the area. Several roads are block off in Harrisburg. One of the roads blocked off leads to the hospital in town.
Saline County Emergency Management asks people to stay off their cell phones if possible as heavy phone traffic is jamming the system. They ask people to text only if possible. Sightseeers are asked to stay at home.
[See a slideshow of damage across the Heartland.]
The First Baptist Church in Harrisburg has been set up as a Red Cross shelter. Illinois State Police are asking for no more volunteers in the Harrisburg area.
Those with chainsaws can meet at Rural King in Harrisburg to help cut people out of debris.
Heartland News has received reports of damage in the Puxico, Oak Ridge, and Marquand areas. Stoddard County is setting up an emergency management post.
Stoddard County, MO damage
One man has died after the storms in Stoddard County.
A total of eight patients from Stoddard County are being treated at Saint Francis Medical Center. They are all storm related injuries from Stoddard County. The ages range 4 months to 55 years of age. The injuries range from moderate to serious.
Emergency Manager Dale Moreland says there will be a shelter opening at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kinder Chapel that is on K Highway.
Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner says several mobile homes in the area are destroyed in Stoddard County. He says there were residents ejected from a mobile home and two people airlifted to a hospital in Cape Girardeau. One of those people died. The damage is along County Roads 266 and 257 east of Puxico and tracked to the northeast to the Leora area.
Emergency Manager Dale Moreland tells Heartland News it looks like the mobile home the man who died was in "exploded." All that was left was the frame. Moreland says the victim was found in a nearby field and airlifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital and later died.
Moreland told Heartland News Wednesday morning that there is extensive damage everywhere, and power lines down across several miles.
Hefner says another home was destroyed on a county road, tool sheds blown away, equipment blown around, numerous power lines are down. There are no reports of fatalities in Stoddard county. Hefner says they started receiving calls around 4 a.m.
Dale Moreland with Stoddard County EMA says one mobile home was moved about 200 feet.
Moreland says crews are working on County Road 249 and County Road 271 is blocked.
Highway Patrol Trooper Clark Parrott says large trees are down along Route M in Stoddard County.
Johnnie Clark, the city manager in Puxico, says most of the damage is in the rural areas near town. He says crews are assisting people in rural areas. No major damage is reported in Puxico city limits.
The school and a church sustained damage in Oak Ridge, Mo. in Cape Girardeau County.
Pulaski County, IL damage
Pulaski County, Illinois EMS Director Ken Kerley says wreckers and vehicles were blown from their location and crossing arms broke off and blew into a squad car. He says a couple of business were damaged off of Interstate-57 exit 8.
Crystal Britt is just east of Mounds. She talked with one family who woke up to a freight train sound. They have windows and doors blown out of their home. A shed is knocked down. Everyone in that family is OK.
The school in Mounds also received damage.
Gallatin County, IL damage
Heartland News reporter Carly O'Keefe reports grain bins in fields and more damage in Gallatin County. Carly reports that on Main street, every home has some sort of damage. She says roofs are ripped off, pieces of homes ripped off, windows shattered and businesses are damaged.
She is on her way to Ridgway where a brick church has been damaged.
Perry County, IL damage
David Serby in Perry County, Illinois says a few outbuildings were blown over with some tree damage.
McCracken County, KY damage
Paul Carter with McCracken County EMA says the northwest part of county sustained damage. One mobile home was destroyed on New Liberty & Gibbs Rd. Two people had to be rescued and are seriously injured. One mobile home was destroyed on Old Ogden Landing Rd. Fourd people were injured including one child. No details on the extent of injuries. Multiple buildings are damaged. An RV was blown over. High voltage power lines are down in the Cross Country area. Trees are on mobile homes. Norton Creek Baptist Church in the Raglin area has minor damage. EMA is still checking homes for damage.
NWS to survey damage
The National Weather Service is sending three teams to survey the damage.
Team 1 (Rick Shanklin, Ken Ludington) - Harrisburg west toward Cape Girardeau County MO
Team 2 (Kelly Hooper, Shane Luecke) - Newburg IN West toward Harrisburg IL)
Team 3 (Christine Wielgos, Debbie Hooper) - Metropolis IL west toward Stoddard co. MO)
Note this may change as storms are in western Kentucky. They hope to finish the surveys by late Thursday, given the severe weather threat on Friday.
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Another death in southwest Missouri happened when a possible tornado hit a mobile home park in southwest Missouri, south of Buffalo, said Lt. Dana Eagan of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. Another 13 people at the trailer park were injured, she said. Crews would begin searching the area once the sun came up, Eagan said.
The storm also knocked out power to all of Buffalo, Eagan said.
Other hard-hit were areas in southwest Missouri included Branson and Lebanon.
In Branson, there were at least a dozen injuries including people trapped in their homes, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Griffin said. The apparent tornado moved through downtown Branson, heavily damaging the city's famous theaters, Griffin said.
Searchers there were going house to house early Wednesday, Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell. He said he didn't know how many injuries there were or how severe they were.
After hitting the Midwest, the weather system was headed to Kentucky and Tennessee, Griffin.
Elsewhere, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency late Tuesday after an apparent tornado struck Harveyville.
The declaration covered Wabaunsee County, southwest of Topeka. A news release from the governor's office said one person was critically injured and "a number of homes" and a church were damaged, and trees and power lines were down.
Earlier, the National Weather Service reported brief tornado touchdowns southwest of Hutchinson, Kan.
Stay with Heartland News and kfvs12.com for updates.
As of 10:50 a.m., Ameren Missouri reports outages in:
1 in Cape Girardeau County
22 in Iron County
23 in Jefferson County
73 in Saint Francois County
13 in Washington County
As of 10:50 a.m., Ameren Illinois reports outages in:
5 in Franklin County
1121 in Gallatin County
56 in Jackson County
53 in Perry County
1254 in Pulaski County
1 in Randolph County
1668 in Saline County
54 in Union County
309 in Williamson County
Storm damage reports
The National Weather Service reports storm damage from the severe storms that swept through the Heartland early Wednesday morning.
10:14 a.m. - 1 inch hail in Cadiz
10:05 a.m. - 70 mph t-storm wind gusts also dime-sized hail reported in Hopkinsville, Ky.
9:58 a.m. - Unconfirmed report of a tornado on the ground in a field by North Sinking Fork Road at Hopkinsville, Ky.
9:51 a.m. - 70 mph winds/t-storm wind gust in Gracey, Ky.
9:48 a.m. - 1.5 inch hail in Gracey
9:40 a.m. - 1 inch hail in Cadiz, Ky
9:36 a.m. - 1 inch hail in Energy, Ky.
6:03 a.m. - Dime size hail reported with the storm south of Zion, Ky. in Henderson County.
5:40 a.m. - A few barns and a machine shed blown down. Porch blown off of home in Oscar, Ky. in Ballard County.
5:37 a.m. - Southeast portion of Harrisburg, Ill. experienced major damage. Possible one death but no confirmed. Search and rescue in process at this time.
5:25 a.m. - 60 plus mph winds reported and dime size hail in Round Knob, Ill.
5:20 a.m. - Mobile home destroyed along Ogden Landing Road in West Paducah, Ky. Late report.
5:20 a.m. - one injury -Emergency manager reporting widespread damage across the northern third of Cape Girardeau County. Manager is asking for no one to enter the area to allow emergency services to respond. Possible tornado. 1 man injured after home collapsed on him.
5:18 a.m. - Highway 45 is closed south of the community.
5:06 a.m. - Widespread trees and power lines down in Ridgway, Ill in Gallatin County. Numerous homes and one church damaged. Late report.
5:03 a.m. - Possible tornado damage north and west of Mounds, Ill. and near exit 8 along Interstate 57. Spotter had a cross arm ripped off a railroad sign and missiled through his vehicle.
4:56 a.m. - Confirmed tornado by trained spotter. Approaching the south side of Harrisburg.
4:56 a.m. - Electrical transformers flashing west of Harrisburg, Ill. Possible tornado.
4:43 a.m. - Possible tornado. Power flashes south of Marion, Illinois. Appears to be electrical transformers blowing up.
4:41 a.m. - Golf ball size hail reported near the community of Neelyville, Mo.
4:40 a.m. - Dime size hail reported south of Marion, Illinois.
4:36 a.m. - Widespread power outages reported in Marion, Ill.
4:30 a.m. - Numerous power outages with large amount of tree debris in Dexter. Mo. Winds estimated 55 mph.
4:30 a.m. - Dime size hail reported with heavy rain in Doniphan.
4:22 a.m. - Quarter size hail. Power outages reported in the Carbondale, Illinois area.
4:18 a.m. -Line of damage from Oak Ridge to Pocahantas, Missouri. Numerous structural and tree damage. Power outages. No injures reported at this time. Possible tornado.
3:59 a.m. - Numerous home structure damage in Oak Ridge. Widespread trees and power lines down. Damage observed by fire rescue teams and relayed to E0C. Possible tornado. No injuries reported at this time.
3:57 a.m. - outbuildings damaged in Sedgewickville spotted by a trained spotter.
3:33 a.m. - Ping pong size hail along Highway V in town. Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph associated with the storm in Ellsinore. Spotted by a trained spotter.
3:30 a.m. - Antenna ripped off of home in Ellsinore. Late report.
3:25 a.m. - 6-8 homes have roof damage along Highway 72 near Patton, Mo. in Bolllinger County. 10 larger barns destroyed over a 5 mile area. Tree damage is widespread. Numerous power poles down.
3:23 a.m. - .75 inch hail reported by law enforcement in Van Buren.