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Tornado warnings keep residents on edge

12:21 a.m. UPDATE: Another wave of storms is expected to hit about 3 a.m.

9:30 p.m. UPDATE: A new tornado watch has been issued for St. Francois and surrounding counties until 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

9:28 p.m. UPDATE: A new tornado warning has been issued for Madison County through 10:08 p.m. 

7:30 p.m. UPDATE: Warning has been extended to 8 p.m. for St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Madison counties. 

7 p.m. UPDATE: A tornado warning has been issued for St. Francois, Iron, Madison and Reynolds counties. It is effective until 7:41 p.m.

6:30 p.m. UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms with evidence of rotation, an indication of a possible tornado, was moving east out of Reynolds County into Iron County at 6:30 p.m.

The storm is moving quickly, and if it holds together, could affect Ironton around 6:45 to 7 p.m. and continue into Fredericktown about 7:15 p.m. before moving on toward Perryville.

Anyone in the path of the storm needs to make sure their cellphones are charged and that they have a plan of where they will go for safety should they be in the path of a tornado.

ORIGINAL: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Iron and Reynolds counties that continues through 9 p.m. tonight.

Earlier today the NWS Storm Prediction Center upgraded a large area of southeast Missouri, including St. Francois and its surrounding counties, to a Moderate Risk of severe thunderstorms.

A very warm and unstable air mass will evolve across the region this afternoon. The warm are may result in record high temperatures this afternoon, but more importantly is expected to produce favorable conditions for severe thunderstorms from later this afternoon into tonight.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. A few strong and long-track tornadoes are possible within the Moderate Risk Area.

The majority of the severe weather is expected to occur after dark, so be prepared to take action.

The public is urged to keep up to date on the latest forecasts at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

Reporter Kevin Jenkins

Reporter Kevin Jenkins

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