Illinois Weather Trivia for June 29th

6/29/1976
A violent tornado in Peoria County moved northeast from near Kickapoo to near Dunlap. An entire farm was destroyed south of Dunlap, and 2 other homes were destroyed in the area. A second tornado in McLean County touched down 4 miles east of Lexington, destroying a barn and two outbuildings.
6/29/1990
A microburst wind estimated around 150 mph did extensive damage in the town of Streamwood, in the Chicago metro area. At least $10 million damage was done to 25 stores and industrial buildings. Radar and eyewitness accounts indicated no rain or thunderstorms in the immediate vicinity of the area at the time.
6/29/1998
A derecho (wind storm), which originated in Iowa, moved across Illinois during the afternoon and evening, and continued as far east as Ohio the next morning. Every county in central Illinois sustained some sort of damage, as these severe thunderstorms passed. Winds gusted in the 60 to 80 mph range, with some localized microbursts producing winds in excess of 100 mph. Significant damage occurred in the microburst areas, including the towns of Morton, McLean, LeRoy, and Tolono. Trees were blown over, buildings lost their roofs, and in Tolono, 21 cars of a freight train were blown off the tracks. Overall, 12 people were injured, and damage was estimated around $16 million.

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