As the severe storms work their way out of the metro-east, Ameren reports there are 23 outages in Clinton County, 40 in Madison County, 1,114 in Monroe County, 5,023 in Randolph County, and 626 in St. Clair County.
The tornado watch has expired.
The severe thunderstorm warning has expired as the storm that prompted the warning has moved out of the area. A tornado watch remains in effect until 4 a.m.
Ameren reports there are 1,039 outages in Monroe County and 258 outages in St. Clair County. There are still three outages in Madison County.
A severe thunderstorm warning ihas been issued for Monroe County, Madison County and St. Clair County and includes Belleville, O’Fallon, East St. Louis, Collinsville, Fairview Heights, Cahokia, Swansea, Shiloh, Highland, Troy, Columbia, Maryville, Mascoutah, Pontoon Beach, Centreville, Lebanon, Freeburg, and Caseyville and Interstate 64 between exits 9 and 27. The warning is in effect until 3 a.m. A tornado watch remains in effect until 4 a.m.
The tornado watch also includes Bond, Fayette, Macoupin, Monroe, St. Clair, Calhoun, Greene, Madison, Montgomery, Washington, Clinton, Jersey, Marion, and Randolph counties until 4 a.m.
Ameren reports only 27 outages in Madison County and none in St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton or Randolph counties.
A Facebook post from the Collinsville Emergency Management Agency shows a tree and power lines on top of a car on North Bluff Road.
A tornado watch has been issued for St. Clair County that is in effect until 4 a.m.
A Facebook post from the St. Clair County Emegency Management Agency says the next threat of severe storms will come through the metro-east after midnight.
Southern Illinois Fire Incidents has posted a notice on Facebook that a tornado is on the ground near Cedar Lake and encourages people in the Carbondale metro area should also take shelter.
Southern Illinois Fire Incidents has posted a notice on Facebook that a tornado is on the ground east of Grand Tower heading east-north east.
Southern Illinois Fire Incidents posted a notice on Facebook telling Makanda and southern Murphysboro residents to seek shelter from a tornado shortly after 10 p.m.
The organization also reported golf ball-sized hail in Grand Tower.
National Weather Service officials extended the tornado watch until 4 a.m. Wednesday for Illinois several counties: Greene, Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Clinton, Marion, Washington, Randolph, Adams, Brown, Pike, Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair and Monroe.
Update 9:04 p.m.
Tornado touches down around 8 p.m. in southern Perry County, according to the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page. The post advised residents to seek shelter and stated that the tornado was on the ground moving through Ava.
The National Weather Service in stationed in Paducah, Ky issued a notice stating there have been reported deaths in connection with the tornado touchdown.
Fox 2 Now reports that cars and semi tractor-trailers were blown off the road.
Update 8:35 p.m.
Ameren Illinois reported several outages including 583 customers without electricity in St. Clair County, 16 customers without service in Randolph County, 5 without service in Clinton County and 18 customers without power in Monroe County.
Update 8:30 p.m.
Golf ball-sized hail confirmed in Troy by BND reader.
Update 7:45 p.m.:
A tree fell over in the 300 block of Susann Court in Belleville that landed on power lines, according to the Belleville fire department. They are waiting for Ameren crews to arrive.
Update 6:50 p.m.:
Golf ball-sized hail fell near Edwardsville according to a BND reporter.
Update 6:10 p.m.:
O’Fallon High School officials were told it was safe to move back into the school board meeting room just after 6 p.m.
Update 6 p.m.:
O’Fallon High School officials had to seek shelter as sirens went off in a meeting around 5:30 p.m. Officials were advised by O’Fallon Police that weather advisory that led to shelter situation could be another 30 minutes, according to a BND reporter who was covering the meeting.
Southern National Weather Service officials issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 6 p.m. and a tornado watch Tuesday for southern Illinois and parts of Missouri.
Areas under the thunderstorm warning include northwestern Monroe County, northern St. Clair County, southern St. Louis City, northeastern Jefferson County and south-central St. Louis County.
The warning states those areas could see golf ball-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts. Melissa Byrd, National Weather Service meteorologist in St. Louis, said Collinsville saw one-inch hail around 5:37 p.m. Tuesday.
“For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building,” the NWS warning states.
Ameren has activated an Emergency Operations Center to respond to any outages caused by the severe weather Tuesday night.
The tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. and includes the following counties: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Edwards, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.