PEORIA — Two twisters were confirmed in central Illinois Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
The first touched down at 3:15 p.m. outside Dahinda in Knox County, said NWS meteorologist Ed Shimon. At 4:38 p.m., another touched down near Benson in Woodford County, he said.
The tornadoes were confirmed by trained spotters. Each twister touched down just briefly before lifting away, leaving behind no damage, Shimon said.
Shimon said his office had heard unconfirmed reporters of a tornado near Macomb. However, hours later, there had been no substantiation of those reports.
Central Illinois could experience some showers or perhaps even thunder Monday night, Shimon. However, no sever weather is expected.
PEORIA -- All of Peoria County was placed under a tornado warning after a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Peoria, moving northeast at 35 mph.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln said the areas affected include Mossville, Lake Wildwood, Alta, Hopewell, Pattonsburg, Cazenovia, Low Point, Kickapoo, Lawn Ridge and La Rose. The Warning was in effect until 4:30 p.m.
PEORIA — A tornado warning was issued for northwestern Peoria County, Stark County and parts of Marshall County.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln said a tornado was spotted located over Williamsfield, about 18 miles east of Galesburg, moving northeast at 40 mph.
That warning was to last until 4 p.m. The rest of the region was under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include Princeville, Dahinda, Marshall-Putnam County Fairgrounds, Duncan and Monica. This includes Interstate 74 between mile markers 63 and 69.
A tornado watch indicates conditions are ripe for a tornado to occur. A warning means a tornado has been seen or detected by radar.
There is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon and into early evening, the weather service said. Damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes are all possible.
The heavy rainfall in recent days has also stopped the Illinois River from lowering from near-record flood levels earlier this month. As of 10:45 a.m. Monday, the Illinois River was at 23.7 feet in Peoria or 5.7 feet above flood stage which is 18 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and will remain the forecast. The river, the weather service said, will continue rising to near 25.2 feet by Saturday morning then begin falling.