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|Summer Storms Among Top Stories of 2009
|The weather in 2009 certainly took residents on what could be described as a year-long roller-coaster ride, but nowhere was that more evident than in the summer months.
Our look at some of the top area stories of 2009 continues with storms that occurred in mid-June that left, at one point, half the City of Galesburg, and all of the City of Knoxville without power.
The storms came in two waves - the first of those June 18th in the early morning hours seemed to cause numerous downed trees and power lines along with some flash flooding.
But the most visible damage ended up being in Yates City. One resident there told WGIL he saw a lot of damage there and around the area. "Cars been crushed, we've got houses damaged from trees falling on them and Elmwood is in the same predicament. They've got the same total mess out there."
A resident of the Knoxville area told WGIL she was alarmed by some of the damage she saw. "I live outside of Knoxville and there are lots of trees on Route 97. I had a tree fall on top of my husband's truck."
A second round of storms came about a day and a half later that, according to eyewitnesses, damaged parts of Knox County that essentially were spared the first time.
2009 was relatively mild otherwise, but precipitation was just as big of a concern, with the year as a whole being one of the wettest on record according to forecasters.
(Ameren Illinois Utilities trucks line up outside Yates City in June, 2009 following a round of storms that caused damage and power outages in that area.)
(Flash flooding overtook streets in Abingdon in June, 2009 following severe weather that went through that area.)
(A rainbow could faintly be seen over downtown Galesburg in June, 2009 following a round of severe thunderstorms. WGIL News File Photos.)
|12 31 09 by Newsroom
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