The impacts of the tornado outbreak began to be felt in the Midwest on Wednesday night, as tornado watches were issued for all of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, as well as parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia. In Missouri, at least 12 people were killed as at least ten tornadoes hit the state.
Severe storm activity has continued into Friday morning. The National Weather Service released this graphic illustrating the path of destruction in Missouri, and providing an illustration of the tornado that struck; the image shows the path of the storm through northwest Missouri, from Butler County southward to Cherokee County.
At least three tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service in Illinois, as a confirmed EF3 tornado touched down near the towns of Pontiac and Barrington in Indiana. In Louisiana, a second tornado warning has been issued in the late afternoon for Lake Charles, and a third is expected shortly for Baton Rouge. Tornadoes are also suspected to have touched down in Alabama.