(courtesy WMBD-31 Chief Meteorologist Marcus Bailey)
By WJBC staff
BLOOMINGTON - Southeastern McLean, Eastern DeWitt, Piatt, and Western Champaign Counties saw the brunt of severe thunderstorms that pushed across Central Illinois late Friday and early Saturday.
Authorities in McLean County said there was no significant damage to report.
Radar estimated that one to one and a half inches of rain fell with an hour in some areas.
Runoff from the excessive rainfall had already caused several road closures in portions of McLean County. The Town of Carlock shut down portions of US-150 due to a submerged bridge and covered roadways. Highway officials reported that several stretches of Route 150 were completely under water as early as 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
About 1,000 Corn Belt Energy co-op members were still without power at 6:30 a.m. as crews continue to stay out to repair extensive storm damage throughout De Witt, Macon and Piatt counties.
Corn Belt reports 25 broken poles, including 11 transmission poles east of Cisco. One substation was still out affecting Clinton, Cisco, Dewitt, Farmer City, Monticello, and Weldon. Those repairs were expected to take several hours.
Scattered thunderstorms are developing ahead of an advancing cold front on Saturday. A few of the storms could become severe Saturday afternoon and evening, particularly along and east of I-55. Once the front clears the area, cooler and drier weather will be on tap for Sunday.