Area South of Dieterich Visited by Storm


Published on July 9 2012 11:44 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

An area south of Dieterich received most of the rainfall in a storm that traveled through the area Sunday afternoon.  Meanwhile, another storm did damage in Alma Saturday afternoon.

Otherwise, the listening area remains in wait of a decent shower.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for all or parts of Effingham County and Jasper County during the 3pm hour Sunday.  The storm went south of Effingham, but left large amounts of rain in the Elliotstown area.  There are reports of up to five inches of rain while others indicated they received 2-1/2 to 3-inch totals.

Another report indicated that high winds accompanied the storm with damage done to cornfields and to a barn in the area near Elliotstown.

There were other reports of rainfall, although not as plentiful.  A half-inch rainfall was reported southwest of Altamont.

In Effingham and to the north, though, it remained dry although a little cooler than what was experienced over the past week.

Meanwhile, an isolated severe thunderstorm blew an empty elevator onto Illinois 37 at the Effingham Equity elevator in Alma late Saturday afternoon.

The strong winds from the storm also made vehicles hard to control, pulled out underpinning from a mobile home and caused a large tree limb to crash onto an outbuilding, destroying it.

Downed electric lines tangled in tree limbs knocked out electric service to the east side of Alma.  A camper shell from a pickup truck ended up on the roof of a house.  There were no reports of any injuries. 

The intense storm lasted about a half-hour, but covered only a small area.