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High Winds Blow Down Tree Limbs, Crops Friday Night and Saturday Morning

Central Illinois was pounded with high winds and heavy rain Friday night and Saturday morning, causing tree limbs to come down and damaged crops.


The National Weather Service in Lincoln reported a 51 mile-an-hour wind gust at the Jacksonville Airport at 8:02 Friday night, while the Chatham area reported 52 mile-an-hour wind gusts.


At 12:58 Saturday morning, the Peoria area reported a 77 mile-an-hour wind gust, and at 6:56 Saturday morning, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield reported a 70 mile-an-hour wind gust.


Locally, besides a host of tree limbs coming down, crop damage from the high winds was seen in the Taylorville, Millersville, Pana, Tower Hill, Raymond, Harvel, and Morrisonville areas. 



This damage was seen on Illinois Route 29 just south of the Taylorville Correctional Center.



This damage was along Illinois Route 29 just south of Millersville.





This corn was blown down by high winds, just east of Pana on Illinois Route 16.


Several highway signs were also blown over.


Cooler and calmer weather is predicted by the Weather Service for the coming week.

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