Miller said the pattern began as a series of isolated storms from the southwest. But by Saturday night, he said, that series had turned into a line of storms extending southwest to northeast through Effingham County.
Highest wind speeds were 60 to 70 miles per hour gusts in southern Vermilion and northern Edgar counties. No tornadoes were reported as a result of Saturday's storm, but the straight-line winds caused a number of tree limbs to break away from their trunk and litter numerous yards throughout the region.
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