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Storm winds cause more damage

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[JUNE 11, 2004]  Heavy rains and storms continue to frequent Logan County and all of Illinois. Chris Geelhart from the Lincoln National Weather Service office reported the following rainfall amounts for 24 hours up to 7 a.m. Friday:

  • 1.56 inches at the National Weather Service station
  • 1.33 inches at Chestnut
  • 1.10 inches at Mount Pulaski

A pop-up cell with 35 mph winds traveled through Elkhart and Broadwell, taking down a few trees and causing minor damages.

ESDA Director Dan Fulscher said that wind gusts were reported in several areas. The gusts are outflows from storm cells. A wind gust up to 75 mph lasting only a minute was registered at the National Weather Service office with a heavy thunder and lightning storm at 6:25 p.m. Thursday. A like gust struck the Recreation Center area, blowing over a dugout and damaging fencing. A large tree obstructed traffic on Route 121 to Mount Pulaski a mile and a half south of Lincoln.

ESDA estimated damages from the Sunday, May 30, storm that struck Morningside Mobile Home Estates at $500,000.

There remains a chance of more thunderstorms through this evening. Watch for flooded areas and potential flash floods.

[Jan Youngquist]

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