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Depth: 4 km
Distances: 616 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,696,000 / local time: 04:07:15.1 2017-04-25
274 km W of Nashville, United States / pop: 531,000 / local time: 04:07:15.1 2017-04-25
25 km W of New Madrid, United States / pop: 3,200 / local time: 04:07:15.1 2017-04-25
15 km E of Malden, United States / pop: 4,300 / local time: 04:07:15.1 2017-04-25
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Depth: 6 km
Distances: 567 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,696,000 / local time: 09:25:12.7 2017-03-19
224 km W of Nashville, United States / pop: 531,000 / local time: 09:25:12.7 2017-03-19
16 km S of Cairo, United States / pop: 2,900 / local time: 09:25:12.7 2017-03-19
Plane carrying 50 passengers makes emergency landing after pilot spots fuel leaking from wing, Springfield, Missouri, USA
A plane carrying about 50 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after a mid-air fuel leak was discovered less than halfway into its flight.
The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday.
The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri.
As a precaution, firefighters and other emergency responders were waiting on the tarmac when the jet landed at Springfield-Branson National Airport, according to ABC News affiliate KSPR.
Passengers were on the ground for about an hour before they were put on a different plane to continue their journey to Milwaukee.
American Eagle, owned by American Airlines, had another jet available at the airport because the carrier has a maintenance base in Springfield, KSPR reported.
Mechanics were brought in to examine and fix the plane that was forced to make the emergency landing.
Two Mississippi River bridges closed due to flooding, and with more storms in the forecast, there was growing concern Monday that conditions could worsen in parts of Missouri and Illinois.
The Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, closed at 5 p.m. Sunday, creating an inconvenience for those who travel between Missouri and Illinois on U.S. 54. The next nearest bridge is in Hannibal, Missouri, 35 miles to the north. The river is expected to crest nearly 10 feet above flood stage in Louisiana on Tuesday, but it could be the weekend before water is off the road on the Illinois side of the crossing.
The Quincy Memorial Bridge in Quincy, Illinois, shut down Monday morning. The impact there wasn’t as severe because Quincy — with 41,000 residents, the largest Mississippi River town between Davenport, Iowa (population 100,000) and St. Louis — has two bridges. Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Paris Ervin said all traffic is being routed to the Bayview Bridge, which sits higher than the Memorial and is not threatened.
Water levels on the Mississippi shot up in the past couple of weeks due to a series of strong storms in the upper Midwest. Flooding has closed roads and swamped thousands of acres of farmland in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
The river was starting to drop in Iowa towns including Burlington and Keokuk, but still rising in Missouri and Illinois. Crests — in some cases 10 feet above flood stage — were expected this week.
But more rain was on the way, this time in northern Missouri, potentially adding water to the Mississippi just north of St. Louis. This could cause an increase in the Missouri River, which is currently below flood stage. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fuchs said 2 inches of rain or more were possible Monday night and Tuesday morning.
“It’s definitely getting into the realm of major flooding, no question about it,” Fuchs said. “If the Missouri does go up into flood stage, that will aggravate things from St. Louis to points south.”
The Missouri flows into the Mississippi north of St. Louis, and the river widens. For now, the Mississippi at St. Louis is expected to crest 2 feet above flood stage on Sunday, causing little damage. But if the flood worsens, work along Memorial Drive that is part of the effort to revitalize the area around the Gateway Arch could be delayed.
Route 79 was closed near Clarksville, Missouri, where out-of-town volunteers and inmates from a nearby prison joined local residents in building a sandbag wall. By Monday morning, 95 percent of the wall was complete, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency spokesman Mike O’Connell said.
Clarksville, a tiny town known for its scenic river view and assortment of artist and craft shops, is a popular day destination for St. Louis area tourists. The town has no permanent flood protection.
Homes and businesses were threatened in another tourist town, Grafton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, where the Mississippi is expected to reach 9 feet above flood stage on Saturday.
The wet start to summer continued Sunday in western Michigan, where storms with winds estimated at more than 80 mph damaged homes and businesses. The National Weather Service said a possible tornado touched down briefly south of Grand Rapids. Injuries were reported, but the severity wasn’t immediately known.
Flash flood warnings were in effect in several Michigan counties.
Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the upper Mississippi River, forcing the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
The closure was expected to be the most extensive since 2008 on that stretch of the country’s busiest waterway while at least 80 tows were unable to pass, said Ron Fournier, public affairs officer for the Army Corps’ Rock Island district.
A tornado destroyed or damaged 200 to 300 homes in a small town east of Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday but caused no injuries, officials reported.
The tornado touched down in Orrick, Missouri, at 5:45 p.m., damaging a school and a Baptist church, said Collin Stosberg, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Television news footage showed homes with roof and interior damage and others with only their shell standing. The twister flattened other buildings, felled large trees and flipped over cars and campers.
Stosberg said police who saw threatening skies and a tornado taking shape were able to sound sirens 10-to-15 minutes before the twister hit.
“It gave people time to seek shelter,” Stosberg said, adding that the advance warnings likely prevented injuries.
Orrick, a town of about 820 people, lies some 30 miles northeast of downtown Kansas City.
Less than two hours later, another apparent tornado touched down about 60 miles to the east near Marshall, Missouri,
Fire Chief Tony Day said.
Two barns were flattened and trees and power lines were toppled in rural areas near the towns of Slater and Arrow Rock, but no injuries were reported.