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National Weather Service confirms tornado in Johnston City

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JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. -- The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down Thursday evening on the east side of Johnston City with peak winds estimated at 85 miles per hour. The tornado only touched down briefly, traveling quarter of a mile near the Peterson Avenue area. It caused two garages to be blown off their foundations, and debris scattered a couple hundred yards. The twister hit a little after 7PM when a line of strong storms was also bringing straight-line wind damage to much of southern Illinois. 

Only one tornado has been confirmed with Thursday evening's strong storms across southern Illinois and western Kentucky. Most of the damage was caused by straight-line winds in excess of 65 miles per hour. The complex of thunderstorms has been recognized as a derecho, a long-tracking wind storm that can cause widespread wind damage stretching for hundreds of miles.

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