Illinois Weather Trivia for May 3rd

5/3/1868
A tornado traveled 15 miles across Warren and Knox Counties, northwest of Galesburg. The small town of Ionia, in Warren County, was destroyed. Sixteen homes and 2 churches in the town were leveled, along with 30 homes elsewhere. The tornado killed 6 people and injured 40. Many of the casualties occurred during a church service, when the church roof was torn off and dropped onto the congregation.
5/3/1958
A tornado in Vermillion County, IN, moved north northwest into Edgar County, IL. Damage from this tornado was confined to the Indiana segment. This is believed to be one of the few tornadoes, if not the only one, to move from Indiana to Illinois.
5/3/1996
Severe thunderstorms affected parts of central and eastern Illinois during the evening. Golfball size hail was reported on the east side of Springfield as well as at Riverton. South of Xenia in Clay County, hail reached the size of baseballs. The storms also produced strong winds which caused damage to some buildings and telephone poles.

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