Severe winds follow tornado outbreak across the Midwest
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:45 - Parts of the Midwest were cleaning up Wednesday morning, after severe storms tore through the area Tuesday night.
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While the threat for severe storms has diminished, forecasters say winds gusting up to 60 mph could continue to problems for the area on Wednesday.
“A low pressure system rapidly developing across the central plains will track towards central Wisconsin early Wednesday morning, bringing with it strong, potentially damaging, gusty west-southwest winds, especially for southern sections of Lake Michigan,” says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. “Winds will gradually weaken and slowly drift eastward later Wednesday evening.”
The National Weather service received more than 50 severe storm reports Tuesday, stretching from Tennessee up to Iowa.
Ten tornadoes were reported in Illinois, some causing significant damage to several structures.
Neighboring Iowa reported one tornado that blew over mobile homes in the Clinton area.
In addition to the twisters, dime to golf-ball size hail was reported across Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. In Strong winds also brought down trees and powerlines, and caused semi-trucks to overturn on the Interstate 80 and Interstate 88 interchange, as well as on Route 94 near Jumer's Casino in Rock Island, Illinois, CNN reported.
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WATCH BELOW: What radar was showing at the time of the outbreak
The threat for severe weather diminished Wednesday for the Midwest, however the low at the northern end of the front is forecast to intensify into a fairly significant storm system, bringing widespread rain from eastern Iowa to Michigan.
“On the northern side of this low, several inches of snow is possible across northern Minnesota and extending towards Lake Superior through Wednesday afternoon,” the National Weather Service says in a statement. “Windy conditions are also expected to develop in the vicinity of the surface low with a strong pressure gradient in place.”
See photos from Tuesday’s powerful storm below:
Whew. Just measured some 2.25" hail just E of Carthage, IL. pic.twitter.com/UFWyd99ikp— Nick Hausen - WSIL (@NickHausenWSIL) March 15, 2016
Tornado damage to a home just west of Springfield. Luckily the family made it to safety before the storm struck. pic.twitter.com/N12CTJ04iw— Adam Del Rosso (@AdamDWeather) March 16, 2016
Video: Tornado damage west of Springfield, Ill., north of Curran - Jeff_Piotrowski pic.twitter.com/mNCe6A1cu7— News all day (@news_all_day) March 16, 2016
Possible tornado in Ohio
On Monday, an EF-1 tornado tore through the Montgomery County, OH, causing structural damage across the region.
Several counties were under tornado warnings for two hours. They all dropped in time for the evening commute.
Most of the damage appeared to be in the small village of Phillipsburg in Montgomery County, according to the NWS.