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|Storms Pound Galesburg Area -- Again
|Severe weather is becoming the norm lately. Another round of severe storms pounded the Galesburg area Wednesday night, causing power outages, downed tree limbs and flooding on numerous streets and roads.
Lightning was a major cause for concern in the Monmouth, Galesburg and the Abingdon areas. Emergency sirens were sounded in Monmouth, Abingdon and other communities.
Warren County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Aaron Winski tells W-G-I-L the public safety building Monmouth dealt with a scare
"(It) suffered a lighting strike...I don't know how (the building) was struck or where the lighting came in (but) I do know the lighting had affected their communications in the dispatch center," Winski said. "It also affected their telephone system and the 911 system for a brief period of time."
911 calls in Warren County were temporarily routed to Knox County. No injuries were reported and only minor damage was reported as a result of the storm.
The severe weather that moved through the area produced several watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Officials in Warren County, where a tornado warning was issued, say no tornado ever touched down.
The storm dumped a substantial amount of rain in just a few hours. Galesburg Fire Chief Tom Simkins tells W-G-I-L the good news is there was no major damage.
"Some lines down and we had several calls for wires arching, but none of that translated into any fires," Simkins said. "I know Ameren's really busy."
Several thousand homes and businesses in the region lost electricity during the height of the storm. Many of the outages there were quickly restored Wednesday night.
Ameren Illinois reported around 4,620 outages throughout the state at 5:30 a.m. Thursday. That included 1,981 in Henry County, 681 in Knox County, 455 in Henderson County and sporadic outages in Warren County.
Spectacular lighting during Wednesday night's storm between Abingdon and Avon on Illinois Route 41
(photo courtesy of Chad Fengel)
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