Springlike weather brings first tornado of the Logan County season
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[March 29, 2007]
Terry Storer from the Logan
County Emergency Management Agency said, "It's Illinois spring days,
and yesterday put everybody back on their toes." Numerous funnel
clouds may have formed along the Logan and McLean County line
between 3:15 and 5 p.m.
It's spring, and with it comes unpredictable weather that can turn
hazardous in an instant. Wednesday's event was triggered when a cold
front stalled over northern Logan County.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning when
Doppler radar indicated a tornado northeast of Lincoln moving at 5
Storer said that there was one confirmed sighting of a tornado
aloft. At 3:19 p.m. law enforcement reported sighting a funnel cloud
14 miles northeast of Lincoln, two miles southwest of McLean. There
were several calls of other possible funnel clouds, most of which
reportedly began to descend but then returned back up. One cloud was
believed to have touched down north of Atlanta, but there have been
no reports of damage, Storer said.
Storer said that he is looking for pictures if anyone took any of
Recent heavy rainfalls to the west of Lincoln have led to flood
warnings in a line southwest to northwest of Lincoln, mostly along
the Illinois River and smaller rivers and tributaries.
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There could be flooding to the east as well from additional heavy
rains on Wednesday and Thursday morning. A line from Taylorville to
Decatur to Champaign is under special weather watches. (See
Keep your umbrella handy and stay alert for possible warnings.
The weather forecast for the remainder of this week and into
Saturday continues to look much the same as it's been for most of
the month of March: rainy with possible thunderstorms.
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