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|For a good portion of Saturday, you might have thought it was May 27th and not December 27th.
Temperatures reached a morning high of 57-degrees in the Galesburg area according to the National Weather Service, and stayed in the 50's a good portion of the day, before returning to a much more winter feel in the evening. But before that happened, virtually all of the snow left on the ground melted, and thick fog accompanied it.
More importantly than that, however, severe weather made a rare December appearance. Two tornado watches were in effect for Knox, Fulton, Peoria, and Stark Counties Saturday. One in the early morning didn't spawn any severe weather, but one in the late morning and early afternoon did.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were quickly issued, and had wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour at times according to the Weather Service. A thunderstorm wind gust, the Weather Service and Knox County Sheriffs Deputies say, caused a semi to be blown over in the parking lot of the convenience store at Route 150 and Knox County Highway 10 outside Knoxville. Part of a roof at one of the buildings of next-door RP Lumber was sheared off by the same wind gust. More damage was reported in parts of Fulton County, where parts of the county were under tornado warnings at one point.
Ameren reported power outages Saturday night covering almost all of Cambridge and Galva in Henry County, with some in parts of Knox County as well.
A flood warning remains in effect for the Spoon River at London Mills, where river levels are expected to be around 10 feet over flood stage Sunday and Monday, before quickly receding.
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(A look at the storm damage at RP Lumber outside Knoxville.)
(A sign near RP Lumber appears to have been bent over by Saturday's storm. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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