Williamson Co. Hit Hard by Tuesday's Storms

Apr 4, 2018

In response to storm damage from Tuesday's severe weather, officials in Williamson County have issued a disaster declaration.

This action activates the county's emergency operations plan.

The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency confirmed a tornado touched down and caused significant damage.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

The damage path has been mapped starting near the north end of Carterville, extending through Herrin and Energy, then exiting into Saline County.

Officials with the American Red Cross will reach out to affected residents.

Officials are asking residents to report significant structural damage and any basic sheltering needs to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at (618) 997-6541.

Other areas also suffered damage.

The National Weather Service says an unconfirmed tornado hit the Galatia area Tuesday evening. Officials say nine homes were damaged along Harper Road. Three to four homes were destroyed.

Funnel clouds were also spotted in Mississippi County in southeast Missouri and Livingston and Graves counties in western Kentucky.

Some of the strongest wind gusts were reported at 72 mph in Du Quoin and 58 mph at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

The heaviest downpour was reported on the south side of Lake of Egypt where over an inch of rain fell in 15 minutes.