NWS confirms 2 tornadoes in southern IL - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

NWS confirms 2 tornadoes in southern IL

Several homes with major damage near Red Hawk Country Club, east of Pinckneyville on 154. (Source: David Searby, Du Quoin ESDA) Several homes with major damage near Red Hawk Country Club, east of Pinckneyville on 154. (Source: David Searby, Du Quoin ESDA)
Trees down in Perry County. (Source: cNews) Trees down in Perry County. (Source: cNews)
A tree landed on a car on Union Street in Jackson, Mo. (Source: Chelsea Renee Weaver/Facebook) A tree landed on a car on Union Street in Jackson, Mo. (Source: Chelsea Renee Weaver/Facebook)
The Clearwater Campground in Piedmont, Mo. had a lot of damage after storms came through at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. (Source: Paul Gaines) The Clearwater Campground in Piedmont, Mo. had a lot of damage after storms came through at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. (Source: Paul Gaines)
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The National Weather Service released a report saying two tornadoes touched down in southern Illinois as a result of the severe storms across the Heartland on Wednesday.

Perry, Jackson Counties in IL report two tornadoes

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes were surveyed in Jackson and Perry Counties.

One tornado was spotted 4.5 miles east of Pinckneyville at around 11:23 a.m. The tornado, rated as an EF1, contained winds estimated at 95 mph, and traveled approximately 6 miles in 5 minutes. Trees were reported uprooted or broken, with a number of homes and barns suffering minor damage. No one was injured.

David Searby, Du Quoin ESDA, reported several homes with major damage near Red Hawk Country Club, east of Pinckneyville on 154.

Michael Hurt, who lives in the area, said he got a call from his neighbor saying part of his home had been destroyed. He only lived there for about a year and a half.

He said he just finished remodeling parts of the house. When he saw the damage from this weather, he said he couldn't believe it, especially right before the holidays.

"I don't know where to begin," he said. "It's just so much damage, right before Christmas time too, so it's going to make it difficult."

Hurt said no one was inside the home except for his dog, but thankfully the dog wasn't hurt.

Another tornado was spotted 1 mile east of Ava at around 11:15 a.m. The tornado, rated as an EF0, contained winds estimated at 75 mph, and traveled approximately 6 miles in 5 minutes. A handful of trees were reported uprooted or broken. No one was injured.

Blocked roads, water over roads in KY

According to KYTC, the water has dropped off the road at several of the high water locations in McCracken County, allowing all roads to be back open as of 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24.

A clogged drainage pipe or other issue has resulted in flooding along U.S. 641 north of Murray. This has restricted traffic to one lane near the U.S. 641 intersection with North 4th Street. A crew was attempting to clear the site.

Calloway County also reported some broken power poles along KY 893/Cherokee Trail near the 10 mile marker.

An outbuilding that blew into the road and blocked KY 464 West in Calloway County about a half-mile off U.S. 641 has been cleared.

Calloway County reports the traffic signal on U.S. 641 at Max Hurt Drive is on flashing mode. A technician was on the way to check it.

Calloway County, Kentucky officials report water over highways at several locations, along with trees down.

Three trees are down along KY 94 west of Murray between the 0 and 1 mile markers. This is near the Calloway-Graves County line. Trees are reported down along KY 94 east of Murray and KY 1346/Roosevelt Road near the KY 80 intersection.

Carlisle County reports KY 1628 is closed at the 3 mile marker and KY 1820 is closed between 2 and 3 mile markers due to water over the road.

There are Water Over Road signs up on KY 994/Old Mayfield Road between KY 1288/Lebanon Church Road and KY 348 at several locations.

According to KYTC, there is also Water Over Road signs up on KY 1954/Husbands Road between Clark Line Road an KY 348.

Fulton County reports high water along KY 94 south of Hickman. This is along KY 94 in the area known as The Dip between KY 311 and KY 1099. Trees were down at a number of locations around the county, but KYTC reports they have now been cleared. KY 1129 has water over the road between the 5 and 7 mile marker due to a clogged cross drain. Signs are up at this location.

KYTC reports water over the road at a number of locations across the region. Crews are responding as quickly as possible. Caldwell County reports a large tree blocking U.S. 641 between the 0 and 2 mile marker. This is between Fredonia and the Caldwell-Lyon County line.

Caldwell County also reports water over the KY 91 in several places between Fredonia and Princeton. The most notable blockage is along KY 91 near the KY 70 intersection.

Water is expected to recede quickly at most of these locations once the rain stops.

Drivers are advised to use extreme caution as fast-moving storms are creating travel issues across the region.

KY 855 is back open in Crittenden County at the 5 mile marker due to high water at a tributary of Clay Lick Creek. 

Trees down and some debris on roads in Missouri

The Clearwater Campground in Piedmont, Mo. had a lot of damage. According to Paul Gaines, storms came through at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday. They flipped an RV, knocked down trees and more.

Wind also knocked down power lines along portions of Hwy. 21 near Ellsinore in Carter County, Missouri. According to the National Weather Service, the highway is closing.

According to the Carter County Sheriff's Department, there is debris across roadway from Chilton to Hwy. H in Carter County, which is consistent with straight line winds.

In Carter County, County Roads 327 and 209A are closed due to downed power lines.

The Carter County sheriff says there have been no reports of injuries.

In Ripley County, Missouri, the sheriff reports power lines are down along Hwy.Y north of Doniphan because of strong winds.

According to the Puxico Fire Chief, a downed tree collapsed on a home on Hwy. T, and north of Hwy. J.

Residents in Wayne, Bollinger and Madison counties reported power outages.

Some storm damage reports from the National Weather Service

9:55 a.m. - Downed power lines and debris across road in Ellsinore, Mo.

11:20 a.m. - Several tree limbs down in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

11:39 a.m. - Large tree down in Sesser, Ill. Metal framed barn collapsed.

11:45 a.m. - Power pole snapped at ground level on New Street in Pinckneyville, Ill. Portion of Highway 154 closed due to downed trees.

12:29 p.m. - Power line down blocking road in East Prairie, Mo.

2:04 p.m. - Quarter-size hail reported in Sikeston, Mo.

2:15 p.m. - Nickel-size hail reported in Bertrand, Mo.

3:03 p.m. - Golf ball-size hail reported in Providence, Ky.

Closures

The Wappapello Festival of Lights is closed on Wednesday night due to weather.

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