A strong cold front pushed through the Midwest spawning numerous tornadoes. Storms will move through the D.C. area by tomorrow morning.
Over 75 tornado reports, 270 wind reports and 40 reports of hail have been made so far Sunday and more are anticipated as this system pushes towards the east coast. Extensive damage has been reported in parts of Illinois including Washington, IL, where reports are coming in of homes being destroyed and potential fatalities.
Above is a look at the Storm Reports from the Storm Prediction Center.
Mike Clay: NWS Confirms an EF4 tornado earlier today in Washington, IL. 3 dead. 1 dead in Brookport, IL. pic.twitter.com/6af6IHUtR8— Bay News 9 Weather (@bn9weather) November 17, 2013
A number of storm surveys will be conducted tomorrow and some were started this afternoon after the storms moved out of the area. From the looks at the tweet above, it appears the tornado that struck Washington, IL was rated at EF4, though I couldn't find anything about it online just yet.
Storms are expected to impact the D.C. area overnight into tomorrow morning. The strongest showers and storms should come through between Midnight and 4am moving very quickly from west to east. The majority of the D.C. area is under a Slight Risk for severe storms besides Southern Maryland, and damaging winds will be the primary threat in any storms.
We will be sure to keep you updated through the evening and tonight. Be sure to tune into ABC 7 News at 11pm for the latest updates on where the severe weather is and where it's headed.