The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Damage minimal in Thursday night storm

  • A powerful thunderstorm blew through Southern Illinois between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday prompting a few tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings, but damage was limited.
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  • A powerful thunderstorm blew through Southern Illinois between 7:50 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday prompting a few tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings, but damage was limited.
    Saline County Emergency Management Agency Director Allan C. Ninness was in Stonefort at first light Friday checking on reports of damage. He said two homes on the Williamson County portion of Stonefort sustained damage. One home in the 600 Block of Roosevelt Street had a metal roof with a section peeled from top to bottom. Another home in that area had siding damage from penetrating wind. Neither home is so damaged as to be uninhabitable, Ninness said.
    He will be checking out a report of a barn damaged between Stonefort and Battleford. There was a report of a tree fallen across state Route 34 north of Battleford Road, he said.
    The streets of Stonefort bear evidence to the storm with limbs down. A few vehicles sustained damage from limbs striking them and some lightweight outbuildings were tossed around. One swimming pool received damage, he said.
    "We were very fortunate. It could have been worse, as we all know," Ninness said.
    Ninness is working with Williamson County EMA.
    Saline County Central Dispatch, started receiving reports of trees down shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from Sheriff Keith Brown. An overview of Stonefort shows that a few large trees were blown over in Stonefort along South Street and US 45.
    Saline County Central Dispach, also received reports of a couple large trees along Illinois 34 South near Rudement.
    Other reports of trees down were along Battleford Road and Tuller Road 5 miles south of Carrier Mills. Another report of trees down was along Blackman Hill Road, all in the southern portion of Saline County.
    The National Weather Service will be surveying the damage to the area on Friday, and will check the reports of a tornado, 7 miles south of Carrier Mills. A tornado warning was issued for southern Saline County at 7:50 p.m. for a tornado reportedly on the ground 7 miles south of Carrier Mills.
    The Thursday night’s storm is a reminder that Severe Weather can strike anytime of the year. Be prepared and have a weather radio and to make sure the radio has fresh batteries. Eight years ago, on November 6, 2005, a tornado struck the Eastbrook Mobile Home park in Evansville, Ind., and killed at least 23 people. That storm struck at 2 a.m. and the storm path tracked all the way back to state Routes 1 and 13 in Gallatin County, to the south side of Evansville, Ind., and into Warrick County, Ind.
    Tornadoes can occur at anytime of the day and any month of the year. Know where to go before severe weather strikes and stay alert of changing weather conditions.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Saline County Sheriff’s Office uses a free text and email system, called NIXLE to relay weather alerts, but NOAA weather radio is the suggested source for weather information.
    Another smartphone application is MYWARN, which is not free, but tracks your location and only sends you warning information for the area that you are located at the time.
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