National Weather Service upgrades Perryville tornado to EF-4

Posted March 08, 2017

Monday is expected to be less windy than Sunday, with wind speeds topping out around 6 miles per hour in the afternoon, according to NWS.

The National Weather Service forecast in Mason City calls for showers and thunderstorms likely before 9 p.m. Monday with a chance of precipitation afterward.

The preliminary findings indicated that the tornado was rated an EF-2, which indicates winds reached between 111 and 135 miles per hour.

Tornadoes also were confirmed near St. Marys at 6:07 p.m. and five miles southwest of Meriden at 6:29 p.m., the National Weather said.

Travis M. Koenig, 24, of Perryville, was killed when the tornado tossed his truck 100 yards from I-55.

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A second tornado touched down near Montgomery around 5:05 a.m. with a rating of EF-2.

The tornado damaged power poles, trees, outbuildings and numerous farm buildings. There was also sporadic tree damage.

The area is now under a wind advisory until 8 p.m.

The weather service said there were signs of multiple vortexes near the easternmost part of Perry County near the Mississippi River, where the tornado reached its greatest width.

Shawnee County Emergency Management Director Dusty Nichols says the Storm Talk has been cancelled due to the potential threat for severe weather in the area.