More Dangerous and Deadly Weather Moves Through the Midwest

19:39PM May 23, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed off portions of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to all vessel traffic due to fast-rising water levels.  The Mississippi is shut down from mile marker 179 to mile marker 184 in St. Louis.

There is also a no-wake order for a 70 mile stretch of the Illinois River from St. Louis to Mount Sterling, IL.

Heavy rains over the central U.S. have caused river levels to rise again.  Portions of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers are all at or near major flood stage, and more heavy rain is projected over the next few days.

Two barges broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River struck a dam in Oklahoma, and then sank. It's reported the barges were carrying about 3,800 pounds of fertilizer.

More than 80 people are in shelters in central Missouri after tornaodes ripped through the region.  Tornadoes caused a great deal of damage in Missouri's capital city of Jefferson City and in Eldon, which is a town about 30 miles southwest.  The storm is believed to have killed three people.

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