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At Least Two Mobile Homes Heavily Damaged By Strong Winds; Many Trees Also Fall Causing Large Power Outages

July 14, 2016

A large tree crushed the Ruth Jennings, Russell Wimberly and Kenneth Ward home at 318 South Oak in Sandoval and damaged a vehicle as well. The family members escaped injury. Photo by Kimberly Ann Ward.

(Updated at  8:15 am Thursday) 

No injuries were reported when a line of severe thunderstorms packing winds as high as 70 miles per hour cross South Central Illinois late Wednesday afternoon.

The most serious structural damage appears to be to two mobile homes.  A tree crushed a mobile home occupied by Ruth Jennings, Russell Wimberly and Kenneth Ward at 318 South Oak in Sandoval.  The Lois Weems residence at 3105 Metcalf Road southwest of Iuka had part of its roof torn off.   A storage building at Martin’s Service on West Main in Salem was destroyed by the wind and the Tropical Ice stand next to the business had part of its building blown up in a nearby power line.   

 A large number of trees and large tree limbs fell, some on power lines and sometimes bringing down or breaking off poles.  Both Ameren and Tri-County reported a large number of customers without power.  At the height of the outage, Ameren reported 2,635 customers off in Marion County, including 808 in Salem and 1,654 in Centralia.  653 were without power in Jefferson County, 627 in Clinton and 1,318 in Washington County.  

As of 8:15 Thursday morning, Ameren reported 1,414 still without power, including 719 in Salem and 554 in Centralia.  The outage number had dropped to 364 in Washington County, 141 in Clinton County, and 43 in Jefferson County.  288 also remained without power in Fayette County.  Tri-County Electric had more than 750 without power at the height of the outage.  The outage number was down to 165 as of 7 Thursday morning.

Salem Firemen were called to four locations early Thursday morning when power lines or transformers began arcing when power was being restored to Salem Mobile Home Park, and along Bennett and Franklin Streets.  

Salem Emergency Services Director Terry Mulvany is warning those who come across downed power lines to stay away.  Many may become live and deadly as power is restored in some of the harder hit areas.

Salem Fire Chief Roger Mann says the damage in Salem was mostly confined to a half mile swath from near Doctor’s Nursing Home, to Hawthorne and Franklin Park Schools, across Franklin and North College Streets into Bryan Memorial Park and then along Park Street north of Salem High School.  The path continued to an area behind Salem Bowl.  

Some of the worst damage in Salem was near North Broadway and Park Street where several large trees fell bringing down electrical lines and breaking power poles.  Several large trees in Bryan Memorial Park broke off along with trees on the northwest side of Salem Community High School.   Traffic had to be rerouted off North Broadway for almost two hours until all the power lines were deactivated.  Several other streets were also closed because of downed trees.  

Salem Firemen stood by while city gas crews shut off a broken gas line after a large tree limb fell onto a gas meter at a home in the 200 block of Edgewood Road.   Fire officials say several tree limbs hit houses, but the amount of damage was not immediately known.  Salem Police handled 26 calls about trees down with powerlines.  

Centralia Fire Officials say they responded to 20 calls about down trees and powerlines.  The most severe damage appeared to be in the 4th and Elm Street area where several large trees fell.  

In Sandoval, in addition to the mobile home that was crushed, Sandoval Firemen reported four downed power lines entangled in trees all on the south side of town.  At 503 South Walnut, a tree brought down a power line and then both fell on a parked car. 

In Odin, a few large trees were reported down in the 400 block of South Perkins south of the fire station.  Odin Fire Chief Greg Smith reported a large tree also fell on the Dennis Wood house, along with a camping trailer and boat outside his residence in the 800 block of East Poplar.  Wires also fell on a vehicle at Mills Cart and Hoots Chapel Road in rural Odin trapping a woman and her young child inside until Odin firemen arrived and determine the line was not live.      

Salem Fire Marshal Bill Fulton is also advising those who are using generators due to power outages to have them outdoors in a well ventilated area.  Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a possibility if generators are run inside a garage.   

If you have photos of large tree and other damage from the storm that you would like to share please attach them here or send them to news@wjbdradio.com.

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