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Cold Front Dropping South Across the Western U.S.; Watching Threat for Tornadoes and Flooding in the South

A cold front will push south across the Western U.S. into Tuesday with mountain snow and areas of gusty to high winds. An area of low pressure will form along this front on Tuesday and bring a potential for severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and excessive rainfall in the lower to mid Mississippi River Valley. To the north, heavy snow is possible in parts of the upper Midwest. Read More >

Oct 18, 2007 Severe Weather Event


A significant outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occurred on the afternoon and night of Oct 18, 2007, with severe weather reported from the Guf Coast northward to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the local area, the majority of the severe weather was confined to areas along and southeast of I-55...with reports of up to golf ball size hail in Joliet and one brief tornado touchdown in Benton County Indiana.


Severe Weather Reports


There were several tornadoes that occurred in Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. These tornadoes were responsible for several fatalities and many injuries as they destroyed many homes and businesses across the region. More detailed information on the tornadoes, including pictures of the damage and track maps of the tornadoes can be found on the various National Weather Service webpages.