Tornado warning issued for Washington County

Updated at 9:49 p.m.

The National Weather Service had issued a second tornado warning for Washington County until 10:30 p.m. It has now been extended until 10:45 p.m.

Scanner traffic had earlier indicated that a storm with the potential of creating a tornado had been spotted in Marissa around 9 p.m. A call for all Washington County emergency personnel was alerted. It was estimated that the storm would be passing through Okawville through 9:20 p.m. This severe thunderstorm “tornadic storm” is also expected to impact Nashville and Interstate 64 between exits 41 and 50.

At 9:19 p.m. the scanner stated the storm was spotted near Lively Grove. The initial warning for 9:45 p.m. had expired, and a dispatcher for Washington County indicated that the area remains under tornado watch until 1 a.m.

The sirens also went off in Nashville.

The weather service stated that residents should take shelter in the basement or an interior room on the lower floor of a sturdy building. Those outside, in a mobile home or in a vehicle are recommended to find the closest substantial shelter and protect themselves from flying debris.

The Standard will continue to update this post as more information is made available.

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