For the second day in a row severe thunderstorms and a string of tornadoes left pockets of destruction in parts of the Midwest and Southeast.
Casualties and loss:
During Tuesday’s storms in Illinois and Missouri, at least three people were killed while several others were injured and cars were spread across the highways.
On Tuesday, 26 tornadoes swept through parts of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee according to the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, there was one tornado in Kentucky and West Virginia each, they left no fatalities or injuries behind.
A woman in Brentwood recorded a video showing rain and wind furiously pushing small debris outside. On Tuesday, about 18,000 utility customers in the area were without power at one point.
Tuesday night in eastern Missouri, a tornado wreaked heavy damage, killing one person and blowing 20 vehicles from a junkyard onto Interstate 55.
Another man was killed while driving on the I-55 near Perryville, there were also several injuries, mostly among drivers and passengers in three tractor-trailer rigs struck by debris.
The tornado destroyed some houses in the city, about 60 families have lost everything due to the twister.
On Tuesday, storms killed at least two people in Illinois, including one in Ottawa, a city southwest of Chicago, where a tree fell on two people, killing Wayne Tutland, 76, and seriously injuring his companion.
Parts of the nearby village of Naplate were heavily damaged by a storm, and possibly a tornado. About 60 homes were destroyed on Tuesday.
Operations were temporarily postponed at a Pilkington glass manufacturing plant after it was extensively damaged, the plant employs 200 people. The cost of the damage wasn’t immediately clear, but they will be able to restart the site eventually, according to plant manager Chris Miller.
A man was found dead in a field behind his heavily damaged home near the southern Illinois village of Crossville. The man’s wife sustained injuries in the storm and was taken to a local hospital
Substantial hail throughout the region has been reported along with tornadoes and strong winds, as per the Storm Prediction Center.
The White County Office of Emergency Management in Arkansas said that the county experienced widespread power outages and four people were injured after a possible tornado touchdown.