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Severe storm predictions come true
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[MAY 25, 2004]  If you listened to the radio or TV last evening, weather forecasters were emphasizing the term "severe" in their forecast for the night, and they were right. About 10:30 p.m. heavy clouds with rumbling and lightning approached the area.

Logan County was hit with high winds and heavy rains last night, according to reports from ESDA Director Dan Fulscher and National Weather Service weatherman Earnie Goetsch. A wind system that developed over Iowa came through northern Missouri, passed through Springfield and intensified as it approached Logan County.

There were three waves, Fulscher said. The first one, at approximately 11 p.m., was carefully watched. When it was about six miles to the west of Lincoln it picked up intensity. Two spotters and a sheriff's deputy watched as a funnel cloud formed at about 11:10 p.m. Sirens were activated. The National Weather Service verified the rotation.

The system headed toward Mount Pulaski, taking power out in Latham, Chestnut, Cornland and Mount Pulaski. The power was out from about 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.

 

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The storm left numerous trees and branches downed, with scattered damages.

The second wave that came through contained heavy rain. At least 25 county roads were reported to have 4 inches rain covering them, causing standing water and flooding. The Route 121 underpass at Mount Pulaski was closed for a time by floodwaters.

The third wave, which began about 1:15 a.m. and lasted till 1:30 a.m., consisted of high winds and rain. Lighter rain continued through 3:30 a.m.

Total rainfalls ranged from 3 inches to the west to 2.1-2.5 inches to the east of Lincoln.

The National Weather Service identified two funnel clouds during the storm, though it is believed that neither touched down.

[Jan Youngquist]

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