Storms bring tornado threat to St. Louis area

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(KPLR) – It’s been a stormy Saturday for the St. Louis area, with periods of heavy rain, high winds, and some fast, spin up tornadoes. Around midday, a band of rain showers moved through the region with no severe weather. It was storms that formed later in the afternoon that packed a punch.

Around 2:30pm, the Owensville, Missouri fire department saw and took video of a funnel cloud. A witness told fire officials that the funnel cloud did touch down at in an open field as a tornado, but no damage was reported.

St. Charles County was next to be hit with strong storms. Damage was reported along Highway 94 in Harvester.  North and south St. Louis County also saw strong storms.

Around 5:30pm, emergency management officials confirmed that a tornado was on the ground in Monroe County, IL, west of Red Bud. The tornado was in a very rural area and no damage was reported.

Later tornado warnings were issued for Greene and Madison Counties in Illinois, but no tornadoes were reported.

Perry County in Missouri and Madison, Macoupin, Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Clinton, Marion, Washington, Jefferson, and Perry Counties in Illinois are under a Tornado Watch until Midnight.

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