Emergency crews were busy Tuesday night as a result of severe weather rolling through the metro-east that brought heavy rain, lightning and high winds. Multiple vehicle accidents were reported as well as a house fire on St. Andrews Drive in Shiloh.
O'Fallon Fire Department with assistance from area fire departments was battling a house fire at 1745 St. Andrews Drive in Shiloh at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. The homeowner was able to safely get out of the house, and the American Red Cross was on scene.
St. Clair and Madison counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning for most of Tuesday night.
A tornado touched down just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday near Okawville in Washington County. The tornado destroyed a large metal shed, damaged three farm houses and caused other minor damage to homes including mangled siding and caved in garage doors.
A tornado also touched down near Addieville Tuesday night causing a semi-trailer to blow over on I-64.
The storm has left approximately 800 residents without power in St. Clair County, according to Ameren Illinois.
In addition, the severe weather canceled MetroLink track work scheduled for Tuesday evening. The bus shuttles scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday between the College MetroLink Station and the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station are also canceled. MetroLink will operate normal schedules Tuesday night for both the Red and Blue Lines.
Scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue through Wednesday morning.