Storm Damage A Result of Downbursts AND Tornadoes -

Storm Damage A Result of Downbursts AND Tornadoes

The local National Weather Service office is still reviewing the damage produced by the severe squall line that rumbled through our area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Preliminary results of their damage surveys have revealed that it was actually a combination of downburst winds and brief tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Bismarck, MO (St. Francois County) and Gillespie, IL (Macoupin County).

Click here to read the Weather Service's latest report (including maps and photographs) on the downburst/tornado combo that hit earlier this week.

Looking ahead, there is another chance of severe thunderstorms in today's (Friday's) forecast. You can get the latest severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. Plus, when the weather gets bumpy in your neighborhoodand, stick with, follow us on Twitter, and, if you're using your smart phone to keep up with the weather, check out

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