PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest on the bad weather moving from the Midwest to the East Coast (all times local):
Severe thunderstorms moving through central and eastern Pennsylvania have downed trees and power lines and halted trains.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says service on regional rail lines was halted during the Tuesday evening rush hour as the rainstorms darkened skies. Amtrak service from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., has been suspended.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Chester County and severe thunderstorm and flood warnings for other areas. It warns of storms capable of producing destructive winds in excess of 70 mph.
A wind gust of 71 mph was recorded at Philadelphia International Airport.
Tornadoes hit Illinois and Michigan on Monday and early Tuesday. The National Weather Service says a tornado that swept through Coal City, Illinois, was stronger than originally estimated.
Severe weather that pounded the Midwest has moved to the East Coast, where there are tornado warnings in several states.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of southern New England. Strong thunderstorms in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon caused widespread power outages.
Storms moving into Philadelphia have blackened the sky. Storms north of the city in Hazelton have broken off tree branches.
Several people have been treated for heat-related issues at a high school graduation in southern New Jersey, where temperatures were in the high 80s.
The National Weather Service confirms four tornados touched down in northern Illinois late Monday. A woman there says she was nearly sucked out of an underground crawlspace where she and her husband were sheltering.
The National Weather Service has confirmed a fourth tornado touched down in northern Illinois late Monday.
The EF2 tornado with winds of 111 mph to 135 mph was on the ground for less than a mile near Godley and Braidwood.
Two other tornadoes on Monday night were classified by the weather service as EF2: south of Sublette near Woodhaven Lakes and from Coal City to Braidwood.
A fourth tornado touched down outside of Mendota and was an EF1.
The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado moved through northern Illinois on Monday, this one with winds speeds up to 110 mph.
Meteorologist David Beachler says weather service assessment teams said an EF1 tornado touched down outside of Mendota, a town of about 7,400 people.
Beachler say surveyors have yet to determine the amount of damage that occurred in the Mendota area, which is southeast of Sublette, where an EF2 tornado heavily damaged the Woodhaven Lakes campground on Monday night.
The state’s other confirmed tornado was an EF2 that went from Coal City to Braidwood.
The National Weather Service says its assessment teams have confirmed at least two tornadoes with wind speeds between 111 mph and 135 mph touched down in northern Illinois late Monday.
One of the EF-2 tornadoes was in Lee County just south of the village of Sublette near Woodhaven Lakes campground, where Gov. Bruce Rauner has dispatched a search-and-rescue team.
The other EF-2 tornado went from Coal City to Braidwood on the Grundy and Will county line.
Forecasters say the weather service’s teams were continuing to assess damage Tuesday and that more tornado confirmations were expected.
Initial damage surveys based on radar show at least seven possible tornado tracks south and west of Chicago.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants a thorough search of a northern Illinois campground that was hit by a possible tornado on Monday night.
Rauner said at a news conference Tuesday that people who aren’t from the Sublette area may be trapped or hurt in the Woodhaven Lakes campground and may not be reported missing. He’s sent in a state search-and-rescue team to help.
Rauner toured damage from another possible tornado in Coal City by helicopter and said it’s “a miracle” no one died. He described destroyed homes, commercial buildings and warehouses.
The governor also said that the state’s preliminary determination is that the area won’t qualify for federal assistance but that it wouldn’t be known for sure until crews complete damage assessments.
A northern Illinois woman says she was nearly sucked out of the underground crawlspace she and her husband were sheltering in as a suspected tornado blew apart the family’s 100-year-old corn and soybean farm.
Fifty-nine-year-old Debra Burla of Coal City says she’s “still numb.” She described trying to clamber toward the middle of the cramped crawlspace on Monday night.
Her daughter, son-in-law and 3
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