Illinois Weather Trivia for May 8th
- Severe thunderstorms moved across northern and central Illinois. Winds gusted to 81 mph in Rockford, 75 mph in Pontiac, over 80 mph east of Springfield, and over 70 mph east of Peoria. Damage was reported to dozens of trees and power lines. $1.5 million damage occurred to buildings in East Peoria, with $1 million damage in Greene County.
- Slow moving thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain over a large part of central and eastern Illinois. In Sangamon County, up to 600 homes were affected by flooding, although most damage was minor. At Springfield's Capital Airport, the rain total of 3.54 inches was a record for the date, and was the 2nd highest total on record for a single day during May. The storms were also responsible for an 80 mph wind gust which caused damage near Loami and Glenarm, in southern Sangamon County. In Lawrence County of southeast Illinois, nearly the entire town of Birds was evacuated due to flood waters.
- Severe thunderstorms caused damage in portions of central Illinois during the afternoon. A tornado touched down near Shamrock (McLean County), causing damage to several machine sheds and barns, and a home 2 miles northeast of Downs received major damage. Another tornado touched down west of Parkland (Tazewell County), destroying 4 grain bins and blowing a machine shed 100 yards. In Woodford County, a 27 mile long area received damage to trees, power poles and power lines, and several machine sheds were destroyed by winds gusting as high as 80 mph.
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