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Downed power lines, roofs damaged, power outages and knocked over trees were just some of the results of a strong line of thunderstorms that roared through central Illinois Wednesday evening.


DeWitt County EMA Coordinator Micah Gallardo says the southwest portion of the county received the most damage where they received reports of downed trees and downed power lines. Portions of the County lost power but he says most of those areas have had power restored. 



Maroa City Administrator Ted Agee indicates the storm damaged lots of rooftops in their community. He indicates they had uprooted trees and he estimates 30-percent of their homes received some sort of roof damage.



Piatt County EMA Director Mike Holmes indicates they had five small fires around their county, downed power lines, a tree that was knocked over on railroad tracks and a farmhouse and barn destroyed. Power for some residents was not expected to be restored until Thursday evening. 



911 Coordinator in Piatt County, Tim Furman tells Regional Radio News they experience issues with communications with their first responders for a short time because of a power surge that overwhelmed all their backups.



Among the damage and wind reports that were called into the National Weather Service in Lincoln, include were:


Winds clocked at the Decatur Airport during the 5 o'clock hour Wednesday afternoon, at over 60 miles an hour, as well as at the Weather Service Office in Lincoln.  Wind gusts were clocked at 75 miles an hour 2 miles west of Bement. 


Numerous tree and power pole damage reports came from Warrensburg, Argenta, Mount Pulaski, Kenney, Clinton, and Bement.


2 tractor-trailers overturned on Interstate 55 north of Lincoln.


Power poles were down on Primm Road on the south side of Lincoln near Railsplitter State Park.


And, the Top Flight Grain Elevator 3 miles south of Maroa was damaged by high winds.

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