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|Overnight Storm Leaves Mark in Galesburg Area
|UPDATED 10:33 a-m 6/2/10 Wind gusts that caused damage in Fulton County, hail and a lot of rain were part of a storm system that moved through the area overnight.
Reports from emergency officials in Fulton County to the National Weather Service indicate homes, garages and outbuildings were damaged and power lines snapped around 12:45 Wednesday morning from east of Fairview to south of Farmington to north of Norris. Officials also reported wind gusts estimated at 60 miles per hour east of Cuba before 1 a-m.
Wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour moved through parts of Peoria County. Spotters there also reported hail over three-quarters of an inch between midnight and 1:30 Wednesday morning. The storm produced hail up to an inch in Blandinsville in McDounough County as well, and three-quarter inch hail near Kirkwood in Warren County.
Wind gusts that topped 50 miles per hour were recorded at the Galesburg Municipal Airport just before 10:30 Tuesday night and parts of the city received more than 2 1/2 inches of rain by 1:30 Wednesday morning. The heavy rain resulted in numerous flooded intersections, including the underpass on East Fremont Street at Lincoln - which was closed for a time with water well above curb depth.
Peoria County had the most power outages in the area as of 6:45 Wednesday morning with 474, according to Ameren's outage map. There were also over 100 customers without electricity at that time in Henderson and Stark counties. The utility's total number of outages statewide before 7 a-m Wednesday was about 14,700. Logan County in central Illinois had the most with 6,573. Ameren Illinois customer outages in McLean and Champaign counties topped 2,000.
More rain is expected with showers and thunderstorms likely both Wednesday and Wednesday night. The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD WARNING for Knox, Peoria and Stark counties until 10 p-m Wednesday. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for the area until Thursday morning.
|06 02 10 by Newsroom
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