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Severe weather threat over in St. Louis city

Sunday, 17 November 2013 08:56 Published in Local News

Updated at 12:49 pm:

The Tornado Watch has been canceled for St. Louis city and areas West. The severe weather threat continues to move through Illinois.

Damage reports are widespread. Ranging from vehicles blown off the road on I-270 to large trees uprooted in St. Louis City.

At around 11:40 AM, a powerful storm blew through Kirkwood then traveled into St. Louis City. That storm had wind gusts estimated at 60 miles per hour. 

Earlier:

A Tornado Watch has been issued for much of the listening area. The watch includes 13 counties in Missouri and 17 counties in Illinois. The complete text of the watch is below. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe storms that could produce tornadoes.

The entire metro area is under a wind advisory. Winds could gust as high as 45 miles an hour.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop in the St. Louis area around midday before heading into Illinois. The storms will also bring a cold front to St. Louis. Temperatures are in the 70's in the morning, but will fall into the 50's by the evening.

 

Full text of Tornado Watch


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 561 IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 17 COUNTIES

IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS

BOND IL CLINTON IL FAYETTE IL MARION IL MONTGOMERY IL WASHINGTON IL

IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS

CALHOUN IL GREENE IL JERSEY IL MACOUPIN IL MADISON IL MONROE IL RANDOLPH IL ST. CLAIR IL

IN WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

ADAMS IL BROWN IL PIKE IL

IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 13 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL MISSOURI

AUDRAIN MO CALLAWAY MO OSAGE MO

IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

FRANKLIN MO GASCONADE MO JEFFERSON MO LINCOLN MO MONTGOMERY MO ST. CHARLES MO ST. LOUIS MO WARREN MO

IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

PIKE MO RALLS MO

IN MISSOURI THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 INDEPENDENT CITY

IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS CITY MO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... BELLEVILLE... BOWLING GREEN... CHESTER... EDWARDSVILLE... LITCHFIELD... MEXICO... QUINCY... SALEM... ST CHARLES... ST LOUIS... UNION AND VANDALIA.

CHICAGO (AP) — A number of Midwestern states are awakening to the threat of a high risk of severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service says parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio are at the greatest risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds Sunday.

The agency says strong winds and atmospheric instability will sweep across the Central Plains during the day before pushing into the Mid-Atlantic states and northeast by evening.

It says the potential for strong and long-track tornadoes will center on the Ohio Valley and adjacent Midwestern states.

Many of the storms are expected to become supercells, with the potential to produce tornadoes, large hail and destructive winds.

The weather service says local and state authorities are monitoring the weather.

Birds of prey seize the day in battle with gulls

Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:32 Published in National News

BREA, Calif. (AP) — The Olinda Alpha landfill in suburban Southern California has declared war on nuisance birds. But rather than use high-tech scarecrows, the massive dump in Brea has hired a falconer to fly his birds of prey to scare away the seagulls.

It's part of an explosion in falconry for profit in recent years, with one-time hobbyists launching their raptors into the skies above vineyards, farms, landfills, shopping complexes and golf courses nationwide.

Recent changes in federal guidelines have created a niche industry in the past five years.

Since 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted 99 special permits to use captive-bred birds of prey for "bird abatement." Companies from California to Texas promise a no-kill, natural solution to cities, wineries and landfills harassed by gulls, grackles and starlings.

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