SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Severe weather ripped through southern Illinois overnight bringing with it several severe thunderstorms warnings and tornado warnings. Power outages were also reported. A tornado watch was in effect until 8 a.m., but was lifted sometime after 6 a.m.

According to storm reports from the National Weather Service in Paducah, wind damage from thunderstorms cause a newly constructed pole barn to be blown down in Goreville, a grain bin was blown into the roadway near Ridgway, and trees were snapped at the ground in Harrisburg. A possible tornado was also reported in Eldorado with several out buildings destroyed and a home was severely damaged. Power lines were reported down. Widespread tree/powerline damage and more significant structural damage was reported near Lake of Egypt and east to Stonefort. The roof was torn off Triple E BBQ at Lake of Egypt. Other structures in that area were also damaged. Radar indicated a tornadic debris signature in that area. Over 400 residents were without power in the Gorham/Grand Tower area, and high winds were reported and power was out in a rural area in Creal Springs due to wind damage from thunderstorms.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office reported a large number of trees across roadways throughout the county and residents experiencing power outages. The heaviest concentration of road blockage due to downed trees was in the southern part of Williamson County, specifically the areas of I-24, Lake of Egypt Road, and South Market Street in Marion. Crews worked to clear the roadways of debris and urged drivers to be careful due to unexpected obstacles in the roadway.

Hail almost an inch in diameter fell in Phillipstown in White County.

We will update this story with more information when it becomes available.