Tornado watch issued for central US as severe weather leaves 2 dead (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
A tornado watch was issued in areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana as the Storm Prediction Center warned of winds above 111mph (179kph).
Dramatic video shows tornado that touched down Tuesday in #Washburn, #Illinois as severe storms move across parts of the Midwest. At least one person was killed about 50 miles away in Ottawa, Illinois, and authorities say a tornado victim was also killed in Perryville, Missouri. (Facebook/Sunna M Brown) #tornado #abcnews
The warning comes after two people died following tornadoes in Illinois and Missouri. In Ottawa, Illinois, a woman was killed by an uprooted tree, reported WBBM, while in Perry County, Missouri a woman was killed during a tornado which caused damage to homes and lifted vehicles off the interstate.
A confirmed fatality is being reported on State Street in #Ottawa according to Ottawa Police— Derek Barichello (@tt_derekb) February 28, 2017
One of the more pronounced tornado radar signatures I've seen; heading for Perry County, IL. pic.twitter.com/W6e9jm0ytw— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) March 1, 2017
Also in Ottawa, a tornado ripped through the La Salle County Nursing Home causing damage. No fatalities were reported.
The bad weather is affecting up to 45 million people across the US from Ohio to Texas. In Tulia, Texas, four homes were destroyed and nearly 1,200 evacuated when strong winds caused the rapid spread of wildfires.
The fire is reportedly 25 percent contained after charring 2,200 acres (890 hectares), according to Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Phillip Truitt.