Severe Weather Causes Numerous Headaches Tuesday NightSevere weather caused concerns for thousands of people Tuesday night as a line of severe thunderstorms moved through south central Illinois, sparking numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings across the region.
A large tree fell on the east end of a mobile home on the east side of Salem late Tuesday night during the heavy thunderstorm activity. Initial reports indicated some of the four residents inside the home owned by Frank and Lori Dunbar of 49-15 Fairview Drive may have been trapped, but that turned out not to be the case. Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency along with Salem Firemen all responded to the scene.
The storm dumped 1.38 inches of rain overnight at the Salem Water Treatment Plant, 1.62 inches at the Centralia Water Treatment plant, and 1.61 inches at the Alma Weather Station. The rain caused some low lying roads to flood and resulted in a car having to be pulled by a tow truck from high water on Frazier Street near Osage in Centralia. Kell Street near South College in Salem had to be closed due to flooding.
The storm also brought high winds, measured at over 50 miles per hour in Salem and a 47 mile per hour gust at the Alma Weather Station. However, no severe weather warnings were issued except for portions of Jefferson, Wayne and Clay Counties. All three were under severe thunderstorm warnings, while parts of Southern Jefferson County were placed under a tornado warning. However, there were no reports of any tornado touchdowns.
Salem Police say large tree limbs had to be removed from Country Club Estates and on Illinois near West Boone. A fender ended up blowing into the road in the 800 block of South College. The strong winds also resulted in electric outages on both the Ameren and Tri-County Electric System. Nearly 1,300 Ameren customers lost power, with the largest outage in the Kinmundy and Alma area. Tri-County's biggest outage was 226 customers in the Woodlawn area.
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