Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Morning Update: Storm Damage in Stonefort
STONEFORT -- Storm cleanup is underway in the Saline County village of Stonefort. The area was hit hard by storms on Halloween night.
There were several trees down in the area and we've gotten a few reports of roofs being ripped off of houses. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.
A survey team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service will be on the scene to assess the damage. Stay with News 3 for the latest.
News Release from Saline County Sheriff's Dept
Press Release November 1, 2013
STONEFORT, ILL. – An early evening storm made its way across Saline County, Thursday and brought some minor damage to Stonefort. Saline County Central Dispatch, started receiving
reports of trees down shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday. An overview of Stonefort shows that a few large trees were blown over in Stonefort along South Street and US 45.
One house received some damage to the siding and roof as well.
Saline County Central Dispach, also received reports of a couple large trees along Illinois 34 South near Rudement. Other reports of trees down were along Battleford Road and Tuller Road five miles south of Carrier Mills. Another report of trees down was along Blackman Hill Road. All in the southern portion of Saline County.
The National Weather Service will be surveying the damage to the area on Friday, and will check the reports of a tornado, seven miles south of Carrier Mills. A tornado warning was issued for
southern Saline County at 7:50 p.m. for a tornado reportedly on the ground seven miles south of Carrier Mills.
The Thursday night’s storm is a reminder that Severe Weather can strike anytime of the year. Be prepared and have a weather radio and to make sure the radio has fresh batteries.
Eight years ago, on November 6, 2005, a tornado struck the Eastbrook Mobile Home park in Evansville Indiana and killed at least 23 people. That storm struck at 2 a.m. and the storm path tracked all
the way back to Illinois 1 and 13 in Gallatin County, to the south side of Evansville and into Warrick County, Indiana.
Tornadoes can occur at anytime of the day and any month of the year. Know where to go before severe weather strikes and stay alert of changing weather conditions.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office uses a free text and email system, called NIXLE to relay weather alerts, but NOAA weather radio is the suggested source for weather information.
Another smartphone application is MYWARN, which is not free, but tracks your location and only sends you warning information for the area that you are located at the time.
Wind: 14 MPH
Humidity: 67 %