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Strong winds bring down trees, power lines in Saline County

  • An unusual cloud formation passes over Illinois 34 and the Eagle River Coal Mine near Mitchellsville Tuesday afternoon.

    An unusual cloud formation passes over Illinois 34 and the Eagle River Coal Mine near Mitchellsville Tuesday afternoon.
    TRAVIS DENEAL PHOTO

  • Saline County Highway Department maintenance worker Jamie Lambert cuts a limb from a large tree that fell on Tuller Road during a severe storm Tuesday just south of Carrier Mills.

    Saline County Highway Department maintenance worker Jamie Lambert cuts a limb from a large tree that fell on Tuller Road during a severe storm Tuesday just south of Carrier Mills.
    JEFF JONES PHOTO

  • Greg Cowger, maintenance worker for the Saline County Highway Department operates an excavator to move a large tree which fell across Tuller Road during a storm Tuesday evening near Carrier Mills. Fellow worker, Brian Leibenguth, assists on the backhoe in the background.

    Greg Cowger, maintenance worker for the Saline County Highway Department operates an excavator to move a large tree which fell across Tuller Road during a storm Tuesday evening near Carrier Mills. Fellow worker, Brian Leibenguth, assists on the backhoe in the background.
    JEFF JONES PHOTO

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 7/1/2018 3:59 PM

SALINE COUNTY -- Fierce winds tore through Saline County Tuesday afternoon, but damage appeared to be limited mostly to trees.

At 4 p.m., the Saline County Sheriff's Office issued a severe thunderstorm alert through its Nixle system.

Saline County Engineer Jeff Jones said the county's highway department had to cut up and remove two large trees downed on Tuller Road, south of Carrier Mills. Additional damage in that area appeared to be limited to a high number of smaller limbs downed, Jones said.

Several homeowners in rural areas also reported power outages. In the Rudement area, some residents were without power from about 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The late-afternoon thunderstorm was one of several throughout the day on Tuesday. In Williamson County, unusual cloud formations were seen, though there were few reports of damage.

The storms that blasted through southern Illinois were part of a larger storm system that rolled across most of the state.

In Anna, heavy rains caused flash flooding.

According to a National Weather Service report, storms dumped anywhere between 2 and 4 inches of rain in areas, causing flash flooding in several spots. Additionally, two brief tornadoes were observed in northern Illinois counties, though there were no reports of damage as a result.