The morning storms dumped heavy rain, causing flash flooding in
various locations. Northern Logan County started the day soaked by
the morning storms. Five miles northwest of Atlanta, mesonet
reported that 2.13 inches rain fell at 10:15 a.m.
homes, trees, poles, and even a small tower was downed across Route
121 in southern Logan County in the evening. The storms also
produced hail and localized flooding.
Terry Storer, Logan County emergency manager, said that after
meeting with the National Weather Service earlier in the day, they
watched closely what was happening with the weather. Due to where a
warm front stopped its progress, at about 5 p.m. there was a
temperature difference of 40 degrees between the southern and
northern ends of the county. To the south it was 80 or 81, when in
Lincoln it was 41 degrees.
The more severe weather stayed south of Logan County, with the
greatest damage seen near Girard, where a tornado reportedly
destroyed 12 homes, damaged another 12 homes, and four barns were
lost Tuesday evening.
Areas hardest hit in central Illinois were Douglas, Macon and
At the peak of the storms, Ameren reported 57,000 locations
In Logan County, pea-size to pingpong ball-size hail was reported
across southern Logan County in Cornland, Mount Pulaski and Latham.
At 6:45 p.m. a thunderstorm with wind gusts of 65 miles per hour
was reported two miles south of Latham. Storer said small trees and
limbs were reported downed in that area, causing some temporary
A brief scenario of Tuesday evening's storm reports in and around
6 p.m. -- Storm
warning in southern Logan County. Pea-size hail near Sherman.
6:05 p.m. --
Elkhart warning -- should be on north end of storm.
6:09 p.m. --
Explosion, smoke and fire in front of Precision Products.
6:10 p.m. --
B-shift mans the rural fire station.
6:11 p.m. -- No
damage or fire at Precision Products.
6:12 p.m. -- Power
surge at Precision Products.
northeast at 25 mph.
6:13 p.m. -- Hail
in downtown Springfield.
Tornado warning in
south-central Sangamon County until 7 p.m.
6:18 p.m. --
Spotters deployed, expecting severe weather.
at Precision Products.
Auburn Road power lines down.
6:28 p.m. --
Low-lying clouds; no rotation.
6:28 p.m. --
Tornado warning for south-central Sangamon County canceled.
Sangamon County farm. No injuries.
6:40 p.m. --
Pingpong ball-size hail -- National Weather Service.
Pulaski, Latham -- rotation in clouds to south?
Harristown -- storm moving to east at 55 mph.
6:48 p.m. -- 136
poles laid over.
6:50 p.m. -- Poles
down all over the place at Waynesville.
6:53 p.m. -- "Every
pole as far as I can see is gone."
6:58 p.m. -- Lines
down on Illiopolis-Mount Pulaski road.
7 p.m. -- Tower
down on Route 121 near Latham, partially blocking the south lane.
Tornado warning for
Douglas, Cole and Shelby counties until 7:45 p.m.
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7:15 p.m. --
Tornado aloft in Moultrie County, reported by trained
7:20 p.m. -- Mount
Pulaski Fire Department heading south along 1600th Avenue to view
8:20 p.m. -- Power
lines down on Sherman Road into Mount Pulaski. Pavement on fire from
power lines down.
8:28 -- Fire alarm
For a more detailed chronology of reported
events, see the National Weather Service's storm log:
Statewide reports for Illinois: