Tuesday’s storms leave trail of damage in Southern Illinois, two tornadoes reported

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — Tuesday’s storms brought major damage to the southern half of Fayette County, with multiple homes, sheds, and power lines hit.

According to the National Weather Service, the damage was not caused by a tornado, but 60 MPH straight-line winds.

There were storm spotters, however, who reported seeing a tornado in Fayette County, but those reports have not been confirmed at this time.

Emergency Management officials in Williamson County continue to assess damage done from Tuesday’s severe weather.

Several structures were damaged, but currently there are no reports of injuries or deaths from Tuesday’s storms in Illinois.

A twister reportedly touched down near West Frankfort, destroying a home. Another twister was reported near Galatia, and several buildings were damaged in Saline County.

Damage was reported from the north end of Carterville, extending east northeast through Herrin and Energy, and then exiting in through the rural area of Williamson County to the east northeast into Saline County.

The Red Cross set up a shelter for those needing a place to stay overnight, and county highway workers were called out clear roadways that were affected.

A few severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service Tuesday evening.