Illinois Weather Trivia for September 29th

9/29/1977
A tornado in downtown St. Louis crossed the Mississippi River into Illinois, killing 7 people in Illinois and 72 in St. Louis before dissipating near Granite City. Six of the Illinois deaths occurred when a crucible of molten metal was overturned by the tornado. Debris was carried for 50 miles. The tornado followed a path similar to other tornadoes which occurred in 1871 and 1896.
9/29/1986
Severe thunderstorms moved across central Illinois, causing damage along a 55 mile path. Two tornadoes occurred, but most of the damage was caused by high winds. Hundreds of structures were damaged or destroyed, including a large microwave tower near Lexington, in northern McLean County. Total damage was around $4.2 million.

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