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Early morning sirens warn of possible tornado

Sirens were activated early this morning to warn county residents of a possible tornado spotted in southern St. Francois County.

According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, someone reported seeing a tornado cross U.S. 67 near Knob Lick, traveling east. A tornado warning for the county was issued at 1:23 a.m. to remain effective until 2:15 a.m.

However, Central Dispatch and the National Weather Service have not received any reports of damage in the county. There were a few reports of lightning strikes in the southern and central part of the county. There was also heavy rain.

A National Weather Service forecaster said they may send someone to the area to determine if there was any damage but he said their first focus will be investigating a report of several tornados touching down in Adams County, Illinois.

The weather is expected to be dry through the rest of the week.

“I think we are going to have some calmer weather today,” the weather service forecaster said.

He said the temperatures are not going to cool down all that much, but the air will be drier. The temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-80s, which he said is above normal for this time of year.

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