Galesburg wasn’t under a tornado watch when thunderstorms moved through the area Saturday night, but surrounding counties were, and as it turns out, some tornadoes were indeed reported.
The National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities says four tornadoes were reported in Henry and Mercer Counties between about 9:20 and 10 o’clock Saturday night, though they’re being characterized as somewhat weak.
At 9:20, an EF-0 tornado was spotted north of Aledo and had peak winds at 75 miles per hour and caused corn crop damage. Then, the storms got a little stronger.
At 9:30, a tornado was spotted west-northwest of Matherville in Mercer County, close to the Quad Cities, and stayed on the ground for about 10 minutes. It had peaks winds near 105 miles per hour, and caused some damage to some corn crops. That funnel cloud was ranked yesterday as being an EF-1.
About 15 minutes after that tornado was spotted, another southeast of Matherville got as close as New Windsor while it was on the ground for about another 10. It caused similar damage to trees and crops, and was also an EF-1.
Around 10 o’clock, the final tornado was spotted Northwest of Alpha in Henry County, also an EF-1, and also had peak 105 mile per hour winds. Damage reports were similar.
Galesburg, the Weather Service says, only got about a quarter inch of rain from that storm.