Strong to severe thunderstorms moved through the region once again yesterday, but much like the first round, they didn’t provide many problems, if any, in Galesburg.
The National Weather Service doesn’t have any storm reports for the immediate area, but storm spotters did tell forecasters that roughly one-and-a-third inches of rain fell in town in just three hours yesterday evening.
Other parts of Central Illinois reported hail, wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour, and some reports of damage.
Residents of Monmouth might have thought a strong storm or some sort of tornado moved through that area last night. But city and police officials say that just wasn’t the case at all.
They say that lightning struck one of the city’s emergency sirens — specifically, the one sitting on Old City Hall in downtown Monmouth, causing it to go off last night. While some residents took cover, sources say Monmouth College sent an e-mail alert to students urging them to take shelter, and that a tornado was spotted in the city. But officials say there were no tornadoes. They do say they spent the night working to repair the siren.
Yesterday’s heavy rains aggravated already-beginning flooding along parts of the Mississippi River, where flood warnings remain in effect for the time being.
The rain brought with it cooler temperatures for the rest of the week. Highs won’t reach 70 again in this area, forecasters say, until Monday.