Wind advisory in effect, southern Illinois town hit by tornado

2012-02-29T08:36:00Z 2012-03-01T21:26:12Z Wind advisory in effect, southern Illinois town hit by tornadoPantagraph staff pantagraph.com
February 29, 2012 8:36 am  • 

LINCOLN — A wind advisory is in effect for most of Central Illinois until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

It will be partly sunny and warm, with a high of 57 degrees, but the winds out of the west are expected to gust up to 40 miles per hour and temperatures will slowly drop to an overnight low of 31. No rain is expected.

Yesterday, more than a half-inch of rain fell in Central Illinois. In fact, the National Weather Service in Lincoln reports a record rainfall of 0.57 inches fell in Lincoln, breaking the record of 0.52 set in 1958.

But the area escaped the severe storms that ripped through the southern portion of the state. Most of the damage was occurred in Missouri, although the southern Illinois town of Harrisburg was hit by a devastating tornado after 5 a.m. Wednesday. The Saline County Sheriff's Department is reporting multiple deaths as a result of the storms. At least four people are confirmed dead through the Saline County Sheriff's Department and various media outlets are reporting that as many as 10 may have been killed in the storm.

The Normal Fire Department has been asked to be ready to leave for the area, if necessary. Officers were told Wednesday morning to be on standby, and may be asked to relieve departments currently at the scene.

extensive damage and several injuries were reported. More than a dozen tornadoes were reported in five different states.

In Harrisburg, one person is dead and the southeastern portion of the town reported major damage. According to local news station KFVS, 35 to 40 homes were destroyed and semi trucks were overturned. Power outages were also reported and roads were blocked by debris.

 

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