The thunderstorm that blew through central Illinois on Saturday derailed train cars near Pawnee, damaged farm buildings outside of Lincoln and caused scattered power outages, the National Weather Service said.
As of 7 p.m., 1.8 inches of rain had fallen in the Springfield area. The Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport reported wind gusts of 46 mph around 4:45 p.m., but no estimates were available of the speed of the wind that derailed four to six empty railroad cars two miles east of Pawnee along Illinois 104.
The empty rail cars were described as coal cars by the weather service. The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office had no reports of injuries.
Outside of Sangamon County, the weather service reported that two buildings on a farm six miles west of Lincoln were damaged by the wind. There also were power poles down west of Lincoln, and a semi tractor-trailer was blown over on Interstate 155 north of Lincoln about 5:15 p.m.
No additional information was available on the semi accident.
There also were power poles down south of Taylorville and 1/4-sized hail reported in Kincaid, the weather service said.
As of 7:30 p.m., Ameren Illinois’ online outage map indicated that about 7,700 people statewide were without power. Locally, communities without power included Athens, Greenview, Pleasant Plains, Loami and Carlinville.
The Springfield area is under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Monday.
Sunday’s forecast is for more rain and possibly a thunderstorm. New rainfall amounts could be between 3/4 and 1 inch.
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