Or at least high winds; this was most likely an EF0 or EF1 storm, and while the number of injuries is unknown, local First Responders are calling it a mass casualty event until everyone’s accounted for.
This is in Edwardsville, Illinois, on the eastern side of the St. Louis metroplex, and while tornadoes are unusual in December, they aren’t totally unknown.
Yeah. I’m used to thinking of tornadoes only happening during spring. Unfortunately now we’re seeing spring weather in December. When I got in my car yesterday afternoon the temperature display said 95. I don’t think it was wrong either, as it certainly felt like a summer day.
The tornado which killed at least 12 in Bowling Green, KY (a separate storm from the Mayfield tornado) has also been classed as an EF3. This storm also hit the National Corvette Museum, which was damaged in 2014 when a sinkhole opened underneath it.
My wife follows that Museum on Facebook (she owns a Corvette) – the museum’s post said that their museum building did not suffer significant damage. However, their racetrack did suffer substantial damage from the storm.