Emergency crews comb through some of the damage after a severe storm hit in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Harrisrbug, Ill. A severe pre-dawn storm pounded portions of southern Illinois on Wednesday. Several deaths have been reported in Harrisburg and left the city's medical center scrambling to treat an influx of injured, the hospital's top administrator said. (AP Photo/The Southern Illinoisan,Paul Newton )
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) - Crews cleared splintered plywood and
smashed appliances from small-town neighborhoods Thursday, a day after tornadoes killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.
Skies were sunny in the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg, but the forecast held a menacing possibility: More twisters may be coming.
National Weather Service meteorologist Beverly Poole says severe
storms are expected to roll through the region again after midnight
Thursday and linger into early Friday, possibly bringing hail and rain.
Then yet another round of storms is expected to arrive Friday afternoon.
Poole says both rounds of violent weather carry the potential of more tornadoes.
The weather service is bringing a severe-weather specialist to the region's command center to provide up-to-the-minute information before and during the storms.