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National Weather Service Releases Storm Reports from Last Week's Severe Weather

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has released more details on last week’s severe weather.

The Weather Service says a strong low pressure system brought three rounds of thunderstorms to central and southeast Illinois between Wednesday night, March 13th and Thursday evening, March 14th. The first round arrived late Wednesday evening of March 13 when a warm front lifted north through the area. The storms produced large to very large hail in central and eastern Illinois, with golf ball size hail one-and-three-quarter inch reported south of Mattoon. 

The Weather Service added a line of storms brought another round of severe weather on Thursday morning. Strong winds and sporadic large hail were the primary hazards reported with this round. 

And, the third and final wave of storms occurred late Thursday afternoon and evening of March 14th, with several discrete supercells producing significant hail, damaging winds, and a few funnel clouds. The largest hail from the event occurred in Nortinville in Morgan County where a handful of significant hailstones measured 2 to 4 inches in diameter.  

2 tornadoes were reported by the Weather Service just east of Interstate 55 and west of Pawnee Thursday night, and a funnel cloud was sighted near Neoga.

The Weather Services’ Storm Reports Map showed this damage in the Regional Radio listening area Thursday night:
At 5:04, one-inch hail fell in Pawnee.
At 5:15, thunderstorm wind damage was reported in Kincaid.  
At 5:24, one-and-a-quarter inch hail fell in Taylorville, and at 5:32 that same size hail fell in rural Assumption.  
At 5:50, 2-inch diameter hail fell in Litchfield.
At 5:55, thunderstorm wind damage was reported in Findlay, and at 6:14 one-inch hail was reported north of Windsor.
Also at 5:55, one-and-a-quarter inch hail fell in Oconee and at 5:53, one-and-a-half inch hail fell just down the road in Ramsey.

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