Calls about power outages seemed centered in the Indian Hills area and along Shawnee Boulevard, said Sharon Raines, customer service representative for the Jackson Public Works Department.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 4:13 p.m. when a funnel cloud was reported near the Procter & Gamble plant in northeast Cape Girardeau County
At 4:30, emergency workers were rushing to downed power lines in various locations in Cape Girardeau, including the intersection of Sprigg Street and North Street. Downed trees were reported on South Lorimier Street.
The storm packed winds of up to 100 miles per hour, the weather service reported.
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Two more tractor trailers were in the median at mile marker 74 and one more at 77.6, but were not blocking traffic. At 4:27 p.m. police and ambulance were on the scene.
Northbound traffic was halted on I-55 between Benton and Scott City, a witness reported.
The hail, Hercik said, was "about pea size. It is enough to cover the ground. It looked almost like you had snow cover."
At 4:30, AmerenUE's Web site was showing more than 1,600 people without power in Cape Girardeau.