Sudden Winter Weather Shift Could Kill Crops

Mar 10, 2017

Local farmers are bracing for winter weather expected to hit Friday night, and early growth of peaches and apples has them worried.


Tornado victims in Perry County Missouri are getting some help from an unexpected source.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis television station (KSDK) conducted a phone-a-thon with representatives of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The event raised 18-thousand dollars to help in the recovery effort.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says last week's tornado that tore through parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois was an EF-4 - with top winds of 180 miles an hour - and was a half a mile wide.


The National Weather Service says a tornado that killed a southeastern Illinois man and caused damage in adjacent Indiana had winds of more than 130 mph.

A weather service survey team determined that Tuesday night's tornado that killed 71-year-old Thomas McCord in Crossville, in White County, was an EF-3 tornado. Those storms carry winds of between 136 mph and 165 mph.

Benjy Jeffords, WSIU

Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

Jackson County Tornado Damage
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

Harrisburg endured a lot of damage in 2012…

This time it was a few counties west in Northern Rural Jackson County.

Kevin Boucher, WSIU

One death has been confirmed in Missouri, and possibly two more in Illinois, after an apparent tornado swept across the Show Me state and Illinois Tuesday.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Most communities reported light ice buildups on elevated surfaces such as trees, power lines and vehicles.

Power outages were reported across several communities in southern Illinois, especially in Jackson County, where at one point Friday afternoon, around 1,500 Ameren customers were without power.

School, Government and Business Closings and Delays for Friday, January 13, 2017 (Updated 10:00am):

**NOTE: The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale is OPEN today from Noon-5:00pm**


Jefferson County Courthouse - CLOSED

Winter Farmers Market (Carbondale) - CLOSED Saturday, January 14


Benton District 47 - CLOSED

Benton High School - CLOSED

Carbondale Elementary School District 95 - CLOSED

Ice Expected for the Entire Region

Jan 12, 2017
National Weather Service

An ICE STORM WARNING is in effect from 9 a.m. Friday to noon Sunday for Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington counties. 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch of ice is possible.

National Weather Service

Meteorologist Chris Knowles with the National Weather Service in Paducah says this is not a major ice event for most of the region.

A snow covered portion of Interstate 57 in Williamson County resulted in multiple crashes.

Measurable Snow Expected for Much of Area

Jan 4, 2017
National Weather Service

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Thursday evening for the region along and north of Route 13.

The National Weather Service says snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected, with the heaviest amounts expected generally north of Interstate 64.

Kentucky Emergency Management is sending a response team to provide assistance to states impacted by Hurricane Matthew.  

The Illinois State Board of Elections is making its own preparations in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET with further states of emergency in the U.S.

Hurricane Matthew crashed into southwestern Haiti as a Category 4 storm Tuesday morning, dumping rain and scouring the land with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour.

It is the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964, when Hurricane Cleo also hit the island nation's southwestern peninsula.

Warmer and wetter than normal.  That's the prediction for the upcoming months, according to the National Weather Service.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Last weekend's excessive rain is hurting some local apple harvests.

NWS Paducah

The National Weather Service says heavy rain can be expected through Monday and into Tuesday, as the quad-state region is already trying to recover from several inches of rain over the weekend..

More than 20 counties across Kentucky, including more than a dozen in our listening area are seeking disaster relief in the wake of severe flooding. 

Murphysboro High School administrators and teachers will have to do some rearranging, after the roof collapsed Monday morning into the school's auditorium.

Numerous media outlets are reporting that increased amounts of ‘corn sweat’ could be affecting the heat index across the U.S. increasing rates of heat exhaustion. Paducah National Weather Service Meteorologist Kelly Hooper says there might be some confusion.

Salem Fire Department

As of Thursday morning more than 27,000 Ameren Illinois customers remained without power following a series of strong storms on Wednesday.

Ameren reports storm related outages in Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, Marion, Fayette and Richland counties.  Ameren says St. Clair County was the hardest hit with more than 23,000 customers without power.  Many of the outages are related to downed trees that knocked out power lines.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated

At least one tornado struck Pontiac, Illinois Wednesday night causing heavy damage and at least three injuries. Information is still being collected by fire and law enforcement officials, though some reports indicate children were among those injured when a mobile home was destroyed. The Fire Department said overnight "some injuries appeared to be somewhat serious."

National Weather Service

Major street flooding was reported in parts of the region on Thursday afternoon.

Officials in Graves County are assessing the damage from a tornado that touched down north of Mayfield Tuesday. In a media conference Wednesday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Shanklin says initial reports indicate the tornado peaked at the low end of EF3 on the sale, with 140 miles per hour winds. 

Update: Graves County Officials Assess Tornado Damage in Mayfield 

Mayfield and Graves County sustained significant damage Tuesday afternoon from at least one damaging tornado. The supercell hit closest to Mayfield on HWY North 45 and the Purchase Parkway where Mayor Teresa Cantrell says the damage continued to proceed northeasterly.