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Tornadoes, High Winds Cause Extensive Damage in Several Regional Radio Counties Friday Night

Winds over 70 miles an hour, and tornadoes ripped thru the Regional Radio listening area Friday night, causing extensive damage in eastern Shelby, Moultrie, Coles and Effingham Counties, and causing at least one injury.

Here are storm reports gathered by the National Weather Service in Lincoln, from the Regional Radio listening area.

At 9:50, trees were blown down and power poles were bent along Illinois route 16 just northeast of Windsor.

At 9:52, a trained spotter spotted a tornado 2 miles west of Gays in Moultrie County, with trees down and power poles bent.  Silos were blown down and houses also damaged between Windsor and Gays.  The Fire Department also reported that the tornado destroyed the F-S Plant on Illinois Route 16 west of Gays.

At 10 o’clock Friday night, trained spotters reported that a semi was blown over near the Rural King Distribution Center on the northwest side of Mattoon.

At 10:02, trained spotters reported a machine shed was destroyed and numerous power lines were blown down near 800 North and 200 East roads 3 miles southeast of Coles Station in Coles County.

At 10:04, Coles County Emergency Management reported a tornado on the ground 3 miles northwest of Mattoon, causing a house to be severely damaged with people trapped inside.

At 11:06 Friday night, the Beecher City Fire Department reported power lines down in Beecher City in Effingham County.

Damage was also reported in several other counties thru-out central and south central Illinois.  The roof on an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville collapsed due to high winds, killing at least 2 people.   

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