UPDATED 5:31 p.m.
A late season severe weather outbreak is hitting the upper Midwest through the mid-evening hours of Sunday.
The perfect combination of very warm southerly winds and a strong low pressure center sparked conditions favorable for strong long-tracking tornadoes through much of Illinois, Indiana, and western Ohio according to 4Warn Meteorologist Aaron Brackett.
By mid-afternoon, there are over 55 reports of tornadoes, and numerous reports of property damage including widespread destruction in the city of Washington, IL.
KFOR’s Reed Timmer had been chasing a tornadic supercell near Pekin, IL when it spawned three separate tornadoes.
According to meteorologist Aaron Brackett, today’s situation is especially dangerous not only because of the strength of storms, but the speed of which they are moving. Mid-level winds are pushing the severe weather at anywhere between 50 and 65 miles per hour. This is particularly dangerous because any tornadoes that do form will travel a great distance and produce more damage.
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