Monday, July 14, 2008
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Torrential rains pound area ... again

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[July 14, 2008]  Magenta is not a good color when one looks at a weather map, but there was plenty of that color Friday and Saturday throughout central Illinois on the national Doppler radar.

HardwareFriday afternoon started with round one going to Mother Nature as more than an inch of rain fell just before Lincolnites were about to leave work for home. 

The worst was yet to come, as a strong line of water-heavy clouds came into the area just after 10 p.m.

At 1:57 a.m. the National Weather Service released a warning that already 4 to 5 inches of rain had fallen and the worst part of the storm had just arrived over Logan County. Water churning into the streets came with such force that it actually was foaming as it headed for the storm drains.

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The rain, called "torrential" by the NWS, continued to pour with a background of lightning that charged the atmosphere with a light show.

At 2:07 a.m. residents in the central part of Lincoln could hear music being played from one of the church bell towers, set off by the electricity in the air.

Saturday morning revealed downed limbs scattered about Lincoln, not from strong winds but from the sheer weight of the rains hitting them.

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Not one to give up when she is on a roll, nature decided after a few hours' respite to come back with an early Saturday morning rain that at times dropped rain again in waves of water.

Still not finished with us, another deluge hit during the early afternoon, before moving on toward the east.

Although total rainfall amounts are varied across our area, estimates from 5 inches upwards of 7 inches total for the less-than-24 hour-period have been coming into the LDN offices.





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