Severe storm predictions come true
in Logan County
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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.
National Weather Service identified two funnel clouds during the
storm, though it is believed that neither touched down.