BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University students Jordan Bradford and Lexi Baltes were not derailed from training for a half-marathon during Saturday’s storms.
“It felt nice, except we couldn’t see,” said Baltes, 20, taking a break from her run on Constitution Trail.
Fallout from Hurricane Isaac resulted in up to an inch and a half of rain in McLean County before 7 a.m. Saturday, according to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service office in Lincoln.
Steady rainfall continued during the morning and afternoon, resulting in another 2.5 inches reported, said Ed Shimon, a meteorologist based in Lincoln.
Other areas in Central Illinois that also received up to 4 inches of rain Saturday include LeRoy, Downs, Towanda, Lexington and Chenoa, said Shimon.
Two tornadoes spawned from the storm touched down in rural areas of western Marshall County. A Woodford County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher said at least one building sustained damage just north of Marshall County.
More rain is expected in Central Illinois early Sunday morning with humid temperatures in the low 80s, said Shimon.
Prasad Karra of Normal said he was happy to see rainfall after months of dry weather.
“This is definitely good news,” said Karra, as he prepared to take to Constitution Trail for his weekly 15-mile bike ride.
The rainfall helps replenish the moisture that’s been lost as a result of months of extreme dry and hot temperatures across Central Illinois, said Shimon.
“We can definitely use the rain, but we’ll need more of repeated rainfall within a couple days,” said Shimon. “It takes a long time to get water into the (subsoil). Without additional rain, you could lose the benefit.”
At least one Bloomington official said the rain provided some optimism after months of limited rain to the area. The long dry spell resulted in water levels at Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake to fall more than 8 feet below average.
“It’s probably a little early to see the impact of the runoff,” said Craig Cummings, Bloomington Water Department director.
Saturday evening, the city began to pump overflow water out of the Mackinaw River and into Evergreen Lake, said Cummings.
But even with Saturday’s storms, more precipitation is needed.
“We’re looking for additional bands of rain to add more precipitation,” said Cummings. “The rain (Saturday) doesn’t appear to have caused any flooding problems.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.