Damaging storms rip through Central Illinois overnight

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(WEEK) – Severe storms pounded Central Illinois late Friday night and during the pre-dawn hours Saturday, causing damage and knocking out power in several areas.

Many of the damage reports came from Fulton County, and a viewer sent 25 News a picture of severe damage to her mother’s home in rural London Mills, just south of Route 116.

The woman said her mother was not hurt, but she heard a train sound and started screaming. “She has rain coming in through all parts of her house,” the woman said.

The Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) said on its Facebook page at 2 a.m. Saturday that there was “structure damage” in the Fairview area, significant tree and other damage in London Mills, Norris, and the Rapatee area.

“Please avoid travel in north Fulton County,” the county’s ESDA office warned.

“Please do not travel in the Fairview, Farmington, London Mills areas,” the agency said.

“Roadways are blocked in some areas, power lines are down, and roadways are blocked. Stay home,” ESDA officials also said.

In north central Fulton County, ESDA said large amounts of corn had been “laid flat.”

ESDA said there was damage to the Boy Scout camp, west of London Mills, but camp staff said no one was hurt.

In Canton, viewers sent 25 News photos of gas pumps that had blown over at the BP gas station.

In Tazewell County, a Pekin resident said he saw a tree, believed to be about 150 years old, had blown down near the corner of Derby and 4th Streets.

Electricity was out in many places, according to Ameren’s outage map.

As 2:42 a.m., there were 889 customers without electricity in East Peoria, 2,631 customers without power in Pekin, and 1,170 in Canton. There was no word from Ameren when power might be restored.

On Friday, Ameren said it activated its Emergency Operations Center ahead of the severe weather.

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