Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 22, 2013

Storms ravage area


Rowcliffe said most of the major damage seemed to be confined to that particular area.

Meteorologist Ed Shimon of the National Weather Service said Monday night’s storms were generally not severe.

“There were some pockets of severe weather,” he said, “But it was a pretty isolated storm. ... In general they were strong thunderstorms, not widespread severe storms.”

The storms resulted from a combination of low pressure systems, unstable air above the ground and a change in wind direction, conditions that allow thunderstorms to rapidly develop.

He was only aware of two reports of damage: in Toledo, a homeowner said the screens were blown off his windows but cited no tree damage, while a Neoga resident said there were some downed branches.

As for the rest of the week, Shimon expected “some locally heavy thunderstorms” Tuesday night and scattered showers and storms today and Thursday.

“The biggest rain is going to be tonight,” he said Tuesday.

He also said temperatures are predicted to cool over the next few days, with highs of 70 going into the weekend, which is “below normal” for this time of year.

The temperature should rise a few degrees into the low 70s on Sunday. Memorial Day Monday is expected to be in the mid-70s with a 20 percent chance of rain, Shimon said.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

Nicole Dominique can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, or nicole.dominique@effinghamdailynews.com.

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