Severe weather

Nicholas Stewart

Severe weather traversed the region Wednesday bringing damaging winds, torrential rain and a few tornadoes.

At 3:20 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado watch for the region including Macomb. Shortly before 5:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued. The hazardous storm moved through Macomb shortly after 6 p.m. bringing with it strong winds gusting to 60 mph.

At the peak, Ameren Illinois reported nearly 800 customers without power in west central Illinois, most of those further north in Warren County.

According to the NWS, a house was severely damaged in La Harpe, Illinois after winds pushed it off its foundation. Further to the northeast in Warren County near Roseville, Illinois, a roof was partially torn off a machine shed at the 90th Avenue and 105th Street intersection (A). Just north of this intersection, a barn also sustained major roof damage (B) and a large animal stall completely flipped over and was thrown several yards (C). The NWS is sending surveyors to determine if this was the result of tornadoes later today.

According to NWS reports, a 58 mph wind gust was reported at the Macomb Airport at 6:15 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a 97 mph wind gust was reported at a fertilizer plant west of Roseville.