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Stacey Thompson holds some of the golf ball size hail that fell in the Boyd area late Wednesday afternoon.

South Central Illinois Escapes Brunt of Severe Weather

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

South Central Illinois escaped the brunt of the severe weather that hit part of the Midwest Wednesday night.  

Northern Jefferson County was placed under a tornado warning when a funnel cloud was spotted aloft near Woodlawn.  While no touchdown occurred, the storm dumped golf ball size hail across the Boyd area.  The same storm system also resulted in a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Marion County.  

The Salem Water Plant recorded 1.3 inches of rain.  Both the Centralia Water Treatment Plan and the Alma Weather Station recorded 1.32 inches of rain.

A tornado from the same storm system is blamed for taken one life and injuring several others in Kemper County, Mississippi.  The National Weather Service has also confirmed an EF-2 tornado hit the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood, Missouri.  The weather service was still assessing whether tornadoes were to blame for other damage in Missouri and adjoining Madison and Jersey County in Illinois.  Ameren reported nearly 3,000 were still without power in the Madison and Jersey County area as of this morning.  

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