A line of thunderstorms swept across our region during the evening hours of Dec. 27. These storms occurred just ahead of a strong cold front that plowed into an air mass characterized by record warmth. Locally damaging winds were reported. Utility poles and trees were blown down near Murphysboro, IL and Dexter, MO, trapping people. Roof damage was reported in Harrisburg, IL. A mobile home was heavily damaged in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Most of the remainder of the severe weather reports consisted of wind gusts near 60 mph. The following is a preliminary listing of severe weather reports:
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
949 PM CST SAT DEC 27 2008
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
0154 PM NON-TSTM WND GST CARBONDALE 37.72N 89.22W
12/27/2008 M51.00 MPH JACKSON IL ASOS
GRADIENT WIND MEASURED BY ASOS AT CARBONDALE AIRPORT.
0237 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 3 S CAPE GIRARDEAU 37.26N 89.55W
12/27/2008 M47.00 MPH CAPE GIRARDEAU MO ASOS
GRADIENT WIND MEASURED AT CAPE GIRARDEAU AIRPORT ASOS
0525 PM TSTM WND GST GORDONVILLE 37.31N 89.67W
12/27/2008 E60.00 MPH CAPE GIRARDEAU MO EMERGENCY MNGR
ALSO...POWER OUTAGES IN MILLERSVILLE AND DELTA
0535 PM TSTM WND GST CAPE GIRARDEAU 37.31N 89.55W
12/27/2008 M59.00 MPH CAPE GIRARDEAU MO ASOS
0538 PM TSTM WND DMG MURPHYSBORO 37.77N 89.34W
12/27/2008 JACKSON IL EMERGENCY MNGR
UTILITY POLES AND NUMEROUS TREES DOWN IN AND AROUND THE
COMMUNITY. AT LEAST ONE TREE DOWN ON VEHICLE WITH PERSONS
0540 PM TSTM WND DMG DEXTER 36.79N 89.96W
12/27/2008 STODDARD MO EMERGENCY MNGR
TELEPHONE POLES DOWN WITH INDIVIDUALS TRAPPED.
0610 PM TSTM WND DMG MOUNT VERNON 38.32N 88.91W
12/27/2008 JEFFERSON IL LAW ENFORCEMENT
SOME TREES DOWN ON NORHT SIDE OF TOWN. POWER OUTAGES
REPORTED IN INA.
0630 PM TSTM WND DMG CAPE GIRARDEAU 37.31N 89.55W
12/27/2008 CAPE GIRARDEAU MO EMERGENCY MNGR
HEAVY DAMAGE REPORTED TO A DOUBLE WIDE. HALF THE ROOF HAS
BEEN BLOWN OFF, STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, DECK OBLITERATED,
FRONT YARD RIDDLED WITH DEBRIS. NO REPORTS OF DOWNED
POWERLINES OR TREES. OCCUPANTS NOT HOME.
0645 PM TSTM WND DMG HARRISBURG 37.74N 88.55W
12/27/2008 SALINE IL EMERGENCY MNGR
1 BUILDING LOST ITS ROOF. 1 BUILDING IN RALIEGH LOST ONE
FOURTH OF ITS ROOF. LARGE TREES DOWN AND BLOCKING HIGHWAY
0650 PM TSTM WND GST METROPOLIS 37.15N 88.71W
12/27/2008 E60.00 MPH MASSAC IL LAW ENFORCEMENT
0650 PM TSTM WND GST PADUCAH 37.07N 88.64W
12/27/2008 M59.00 MPH MCCRACKEN KY ASOS
51 KNOT GUST AT PADUCAH ASOS. 38 KNOTS SUSTAINED.
0655 PM TSTM WND DMG METROPOLIS 37.15N 88.71W
12/27/2008 MASSAC IL EMERGENCY MNGR
HIGH TENSION POWER LINES DOWN ALONG WEST 21ST STREET.
0730 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 E MAYFIELD 36.74N 88.57W
12/27/2008 GRAVES KY LAW ENFORCEMENT
SEVERAL TREES DOWN IN THE COUNTY
0745 PM TSTM WND DMG PRINCETON 38.36N 87.57W
12/27/2008 GIBSON IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
SEMI TRACTOR-TRAILER BLOWN OVER ALONG HIGHWAY 41 NEAR THE
TOYOTA PLANT. NO INJURIES REPORTED.
0749 PM TSTM WND DMG BENTON 36.85N 88.36W
12/27/2008 MARSHALL KY LAW ENFORCEMENT
SEVERAL TREES DOWN
0750 PM TSTM WND GST STELLA 36.64N 88.40W
12/27/2008 E60.00 MPH CALLOWAY KY TRAINED SPOTTER
0801 PM TSTM WND GST EVANSVILLE 37.98N 87.54W
12/27/2008 M61.00 MPH VANDERBURGH IN ASOS
0925 PM TSTM WND GST 5 W HOPKINSVILLE 36.85N 87.58W
12/27/2008 E60.00 MPH CHRISTIAN KY NWS EMPLOYEE
0940 PM TSTM WND DMG HOPKINSVILLE 36.85N 87.49W
12/27/2008 CHRISTIAN KY TRAINED SPOTTER
TREE DOWN AT CANTON PIKE AND LITTLE RIVER BRIDGE.