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Can't say that this is a total surprise, but we have more storms impacting the St. Louis area right now. There are a few tornado warnings up for the bow echo, which is going to impact the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and cross the Mississippi River into Illinois within the next hour or so.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch -- #36 -- Expires 0700PM CST -- Central Missouri
Tornado Watch -- #37 -- Expires 1000PM CST -- E. Cent. MO & SW IL
(2-24-2011) Liveblog 1 -- Tornado outbreak in mid-south
(2-24-2011) Liveblog 2 -- Tornado outbreak in mid-south
(2-25-2011) Summary of damages due to 2-24 tornado outbreak
(2-27-2011) Information on impending severe weather/tornado outbreak
(2-27-2011) Liveblog 3 -- Severe weather outbreak in mid-west & mid-south
(2-27-2011) Liveblog 4 -- Severe weather outbreak in mid-west & mid-south
(2-27-2011) Liveblog 5 -- Severe weather outbreak in mid-west & mid-south
(2-27-2011) Liveblog 6 -- Severe weather outbreak in mid-west & mid-south
(2-28-2011) Liveblog 7 -- Severe weather outbreak continues in southeast
(2-28-2011) Liveblog 8 -- Severe weather enters major SE cities
(2-28-2011) Liveblog 9 -- Severe storms advance deeper into SE
(3-4-2011) Liveblog 10 -- Bow echo brings severe weather to STL area
UPDATE 1 (Posted before diary was published)
Here's a look at the storms coming into STL:
UPDATE 2 (503PM CST)
Updated to reflect new tornado watch out for east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
Here's one of the storms northeast of St. Louis right now. It's not every day where you can see a thunderstorm rotating like a ceiling fan. Reminds me a lil' of the North Carolina "landphoon."
UPDATE 3 (619PM CST)
Looks like it's developing into a low pressure system:
-Golfball sized hail in Hallsville, MO
-78 MPH wind gust in Portland, MO
-Roof damage in Ashland, MO
UPDATE 4 (904PM CST)
The severe threat has moved out of the area, and severe thunderstorms elsewhere in the United States are either limited or weakening.