Potosi, Missouri Hit by Tornado-Warned Storm (+Photos)

April 8, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

A funnel cloud was spotted near Potosi, Missouri, on Tuesday afternoon.

However, it’s not clear if it actually touched down. 

A tornado warning was issued for the area. 

There was extensive storm damage in Potosi, located in Washington County.

On Twitter, users also indicated there was large hail falling.

Meanwhile, the Storm Prediction Center, in a midday update to its forecast Wednesday, upgraded to its second-highest advisory level — a moderate risk — while stressing that a significant tornado or two could form in a narrow stretch from northern Oklahoma to central Missouri.

Strong storms swamped Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Charleston, West Virginia, at midday Wednesday and forecasters said more severe weather could form as far away as the plains of West Texas.

Indiana State Police said high winds toppled a tractor-trailer on Interstate 69 near Evansville, while utilities reported a number of power outages after wind gusts reached 70 mph.

Fewer than 1 million people were in Wednesday’s “moderate risk” area between Wichita, Kansas, and Jefferson City, Missouri, but 34 million were under at least a slight risk of seeing damaging winds, large hail and possibly a tornado.

Emergency managers in Kansas and Illinois huddled separately to address the approaching storms. Kansas officials warned that hail could be the size of baseballs, while Illinois officials told residents they should be prepared to seek shelter if bad weather arrives.

With The Associated Press.