The most recent hurricane remnants to affect Central and Southeast Illinois were Gustav and Ike in September 2008. The remnants of Hurricane Gustav produced heavy rain on September 3-4, mainly from 2 to 5 inches, although areas south of I-70 mostly saw less than an inch. Then from the 11-14th, the remnants of Hurricane Ike tracked toward the Ohio Valley. Three-day rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches were common across the area. The center of Ike tracked from St. Louis to northern Indiana on the 14th, and resulted in wind gusts over 40 mph east of the track. The Lawrenceville Airport saw winds gusting to 61 mph that day. Flooding was more common during this event as the ground was already saturated from previous rain.
"GUSTAV" RAIN TOTALS SEPT 3-4 2008
"IKE" RAIN TOTALS SEPT 11-14 2008