For whatever reason, Mother Nature decided to give the tri-state a break on severe weather Wednesday and Thursday. Extremely favorable conditions for strong storms ended up as just a few showers for most of the area. Those showers should move out by mid-morning Thursday.
Storm Team meteorologist Jeff Lyons says the outbreak of severe weather we've seen the past couple of weeks is perhaps the worst in 30 years. Jeff says the only other time that two F-3 tornadoes hit the tri-state in the space of a week was in 1970.
Wednesday afternoon, there were a couple of storms that moved through the northern tri-state, but there were no confirmed tornadoes. Although the sky looked pretty black for awhile, the worst damage appeared to be some pea to marble sized hail.
Here's the severe weather updtes from Wednesday:
Update 12:30am Thur: The tornado watch continues until 4am. However, the storms have died out and there are no new cells on the distant radar. We will continue to monitor the situation overnight.
Update 11pm: The tornado watch has been extended until 4am Thursday. There is another round of storms moving into the area from Missouri.
Update 7:50pm: Most of the tri-state remains under a tornado watch until 9pm CDT. At 6pm, the National Weather Service predicted that another round of severe weather is possible yet this evening. Stay tuned to Newswatch and monitor 14 FYI for immedate warning information. 14 FYI proves itself during severe weather. Download it now !
Update 4:50pm: There are unconfirmed reports of a tornado touching down in the Lake Hemlrich area about two miles west of Huntingburg.
Update: 4:35pm: There is a tornado warning out now for Perry County, and a severe thunderstorm warning for Spencer County.
Update: 4:20pm: The National Weather service has issued a tornado warning for southern Dubois county. This storm is expected to hit the Holland area at 4:35pm.
Update: 4pm: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Dubois County. This storm has produced high winds and marble size hail at Patoka within the past ten minutes.
Update: 3:45pm: Tornado warning for Pike County as the storm system moves east. This storm has produced high winds and heavy hail in Illinois.
Update 3:25pm: Tornado warning for Gibson County. The storm is moving southeast at 50 mph.
Update: 3:20pm: Knox County is under a tornado warning. The warnings have expired for Wayne and Clay counties. The storm is expected to arrive in Mt. Carmel at 3:31pm, Princeton at 3:49pm.
Update: 3:12pm: Lawrence County is now under a tornado warning. Seven counties in southern Illinois are under tornado warnings. Jeff Lyons says the storm cell producing these warnings is approximately the size of Vanderburgh County.
Update 3:07pm: Edwards and Wabash counties in Illinois have been added to the tornado warning list. There are now six counties in southern Illinois under a tornad warning.
Update 3pm: Students are being held at Richland, Illinois Elementary School until the storm passes.
Update 2:50pm: A tornado warning is now in effect for Wayne County. Wayne County was the location of a deadly tornado just a little over a week ago.
Update: 2:40pm: A tornado warning is now in effect for Richland County, Il until 3:15pm. This is moving east and will affect areas to the east within the next hour.
Update 2:25pm: All counties in the 14 WFIE viewing area of the tri-state are now under a tornado watch until 6pm.
2:15pm...There is a tornado warning for Clay County, Illinois. The first of what are expected to be numerous storm cells has moved into the tri-state. The storm is moving east. People in the path of this storm should take cover now.