Storms on Wednesday evening produced locally torrential rain and intense lightning

Isolated thunderstorms developed during the heat of the afternoon Wednesday. As the remnants of Hurricane Dolly approached, these storms evolved into a large complex of storms that produced widespread heavy rain. The storms were prolific lightning producers. Isolated reports of damaging winds were received early in the event.

  • Near Madisonville, KY...60 mph winds were measured on the south side of town about 2:50 P.M.  Some damage was reported to a porch and a gazebo. Large limbs were down around the county. A few roads were blocked.
  • Near Beech Creek in Muhlenberg County, KY... lightning struck a house and set it on fire, destroying it.
  • In Carbondale, IL... trees and power lines were blown down at 7:20 P.M.
  • The ASOS (automated observing system) at the Carbondale airport measured 2.9 inches of rain in 45 minutes. Street flooding was reported.
  • Multiple houses were struck by lightning in Jackson, MO between 8 and 8:30 P.M. Power outages affected about one-third of the city.
  • Around 4 inches of rain was measured in Marble Hill, MO by mid-evening.
  • A wind gust to 47 mph was reported in Doniphan, MO around 10:30 P.M.

The Storm Prediction Center issued Tornado Watch 776 at 5:20 P.M. The watch included southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, and southwest Indiana. A small part of western KY was included.


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