We had some pretty heavy weather around these parts yesterday, including a funnel cloud sighting by official weather service spotters over the little burg I live in up here in the Frozen Tundra. The watches and warnings had been coming all morning, so I was ready - upon hearing the radio blare out the funnel report emergency, I immediately hustled the dogs into the basement.... and then, like a fool, bolted back upstairs to run outside and look around. Fortunately my town is small in population but expansive enough area-wise that I was not under any immediate threat since the funnel did not materialize into anything more. Lots of wind damage and downed tress but no injuries. About 30 miles north of me, 100 mph straight line winds - confirmed by the NWS today - obliterated barns and farm structures - fortunately a sparsely populated area, again no injuries reported.
That being said, there are many not so fortunate in the greater midwest: mid, southern Illinois and Indiana got the brunt of it, Michigan and Kentucky hit as well. Several 'eye witness' interviews were folks from towns that I have driven through many times on the way south, or to several of the trials in that general area: Mid Illinois, Paducah, River King, Michiana.
I saw some news footage of Washington, Illinois (@15-20 miles due east of Peoria), and the poor town is flattened, people injured, fatalities....the twister has been categorized an EF4. According to weatherunderground, there were 87 tornadoes and 26 funnel clouds reported by spotters in yesterday's outbreak.
So shout out to all of our retriever friends living in that area, with hopes that they, family, friends and dogs all are safe and sound.