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Severe weather hits US Midwest with heavy rain, very large hail and tornadoes

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First significant severe weather event of the year has hit the US Midwest on March 15 and 16, 2016, bringing heavy rain, damaging wind gusts, very large hail and tornadoes. 

As the day progresses, a storm system moving through the Upper Midwest will bring strong winds to the Midwest along with heavy snow to portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for parts of these states. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in effect for other parts of the Midwest, NWS said.

Weather forecast for Wednesday, March 16, 2016, issued 07:53 UTC.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, there were 11 tornado reports, most of them in Illinois, and 58 hail reports (golf ball size and up to 5.7 cm (2.25 inches), on March 15/16.

Tornado reports (all times UTC)
Time   Location County State Comments
22:52   3 SE WARSAW HANCOCK IL TORNADO OBSERVED 2 TO 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WARSAW AT CORNER OF HIGHWAY 11 AND 136. IT HAS LIFTED … .WAS A HIGH BASED CONE WITH A SMALL DEBRIS FIELD FOR A BIT. (DVN)
23:23   2 W GOOD HOPE MCDONOUGH IL TORNADO SPOTTED. (DVN)
23:30   NE GOOD HOPE MCDONOUGH IL NUMEROUS REPORTS OF A TORNADO BETWEEN GOOD HOPE AND BUSHNELL ALONG ROUTE 9. (DVN)
23:30   1 SW RAPIDS CITY ROCK ISLAND IL TORNADO SPOTTED SOUTH OF LE CLAIRE (DVN)
23:38   4 NNW SCOTTSBURG MCDONOUGH IL TORNADO SPOTTED. (DVN)
23:38   4 NNE GOOD HOPE MCDONOUGH IL (DVN)
00:29   1 SW RAPIDS CITY ROCK ISLAND IL TORNADO SPOTTED SOUTH OF LE CLAIRE (DVN)
00:46   3 NNE TRIVOLI PEORIA IL SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A CHURCH AND LARGE TREES SNAPPED. NEAR TEXAS RD AND COTTONWOOD RD.(ILX)
00:47   LOAMI SANGAMON IL (ILX)
00:47   4 WSW CLINTON CLINTON IA MOBILE HOMES BLOWN OVER. (DVN)
00:50   4 N HANNA CITY PEORIA IL HOUSE DAMAGED … ROOF BLOWN OFF (ILX)

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Featured image credit: Jacob Dickey / Live Storms Media 

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