For those of you who have read Warnings you’ll recall the chapter where I talk about the November radar signature of a tornado that looked like a candy cane. Here is one right now in the southwest part of the St. Louis Metro area. Look just east of the I-44 symbol near the center of the image (click to enlarge):
There is another area of damaging winds along the Missouri River northeast of Union. The symbol near Union indicates a radio tower was blown over.
The purple = tornado warnings which now pretty much cover all of the Bi-State area.
UPDATE: 1140am. One fatality reported in eastern Missouri. Homes reported collapsed in southwest part of St. Louis metro.
UPDATE 12:36PM. Photo of tornado damage north side of Rolla, MO below from the local fire department: