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At least 13 tornadoes hit Illinois, Kansas and Missouri over the weekend, causing damage, but no fatalities have been reported so far. Experts estimate that October will be a record month for tornadoes following bad weather in the Midwest of the United States.
Tornadoes toppled trees, razed homes, and even downed power lines leaving thousands of people without service on the weekend. Missouri was one of the states hardest hit by the weekend’s weather events.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a tornado in Fredericktown, Missouri, had winds close to 200 miles per hour, the most powerful on the weekend so far.
On the other hand, heavy rains in Kirksville, Missouri, received more than 4 inches of rain on the weekend, far exceeding the record in rainfall in the state for the same date that dates back to 1967, when 0.76 inches of water fell.
Although it is true that tornadoes form annually in Missouri due to the low humidity in the atmosphere in that area, it is not common for them to form at this time of year. Normally these types of phenomena are recorded in spring and summer.
Apart from hail, tornadoes and rains, the warmest weather of the year was recorded in St. Louis on Sunday with temperatures up to 81 degrees.
During October, the NWS has recorded nearly 118 tornadoes across the country with just under a week left for the month to end. This figure is close to the 2018 record. when 123 tornadoes occurred in total.
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