Severe Weather Hits Midwest

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Release date: 
March 1, 1999
Release Number: 
HQ-99-054

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports high winds and tornadoes swept across the Midwest Saturday, Feb. 27. Winds gusting up to 80 mph were reported in many towns from Texas to Georgia and into Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The storm system also generated three tornadoes, which touched down in Mississippi, Alabama and Illinois.

One tornado touched down near the town of Troy in extreme southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon, tearing through a field but causing no significant damage. Another twister was reported near New Hebron, Miss., later in the day. A confirmed tornado touched down in Double Springs, Ala. At approximately 6:45 p.m. EST. Fortunately, Alabama officials report only tree damage.

Golf-ball sized hail was reported in parts of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Indiana. A National Weather Service (NWS) spotter reported hail two inches in diameter fell near St. Louis, MO.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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