Illinois Weather Trivia for May 21st
- South central Illinois was affected by several tornadoes during the late afternoon hours. One affected areas around Mt. Sterling, destroying several barns and unroofing many homes. A violent tornado crossed the Mississippi River from the St. Louis area into Wood River, then to Roxanna. This tornado damaged or destroyed 300 homes in these two towns, killing 5 people. Another violent tornado in southeast Illinois caused significant damage in Palestine, before the storm moved into Indiana. Four people were killed in a destroyed restaurant in Palestine; one body was recovered from a tree.
- Severe thunderstorms in east central Illinois produced hail of tennis ball to grapefruit size, in parts of Douglas and Piatt Counties. The largest hail was in Tuscola, where 4 inch diameter hail broke out car windows, and caused severe roof damage to many buildings. Damage estimates in Tuscola were reported to be as much as $100 million.
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