The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 11, 2013

Summer storm rakes area, causes damage


DANVILLE — Morning storms spread damage and power outages Wednesday across the southern half of Vermilion County.

The storms moved into the county a little after 9 a.m. and slowly moved through during the morning hours.

According to reports from the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, damage was reported in Danville, Georgetown, Ridge Farm and Catlin as a result of the heavy rains, high winds and thunderstorms.

A preliminary damage from EMA severe weather manager Rick Harper indicated that as many as 50-75 trees or large limbs were reported down from Danville to Ridge Farm. He indicated a lot of crops were flattened as a result of the winds.

Steve Huls farms ground in the Ogden-Fithian area. He went out to his land after the storm to find area of his corn crop flattened as a result of the high winds.

Mother Nature “threw us a curve ball today,” Huls said Wednesday afternoon.

Trees fell on a couple of houses in Georgetown and a shed was destroyed in Westville, according to Harper. The storms also snapped power poles near Ridge Farm.

In addition, power was out to businesses along South Gilbert Street in Danville — adding to the total of around 2,000 left without power at mid-day as a result of the damage, according to Harper. A little more than 1,200 people remained without power in the Catlin area as of late Wednesday afternoon.

A couple of fires were caused by downed power lines in the county.

Harper’s report indicated measurements of as much as 1.5 inches of rain in the Home Gardens area as well as radar estimates of 3-3.5 inches of rain in the southern part of the county with less rain to the north.

The radar estimates prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for the southern half of the county for much of the day.

Those storms might be the last the area sees for a few days. The National Weather Forecast for today in Vermilion County calls for sunny skies and a high around 80 today. Lows will be in the upper 50s tonight. No rain is mentioned through Wednesday.