Severe storms bring flash floods, hail and damaging winds to Central Illinois

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Peoria, Ill. – Thunderstorms brought very heavy rain to Central Illinois this morning. By early afternoon, a narrow band of storms had produced 3-5 inches between Peoria and Pontiac and led to significant flash flooding across Peoria, Woodford and Livingston Counties. The storms also knocked out power to thousands of Central Illinois residents.

Additional storms developed in the afternoon prompting two tornado warnings and several severe thunderstorm warnings. Numerous locations reported hail with pingo pong ball size hail reported in Abingdon in Knox County while half dollar size hail was reported in Peoria. Elsewhere, nickel to quarter size hail was reported.

The storms also produced damaging wind gusts. The combination of saturated soils and strong thunderstorm winds resulted in numerous trees being blown over on to powerlines. An outflow boundary produced a 56 mph wind gust in Bloomington causing numerous limbs and trees to be blown over.

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