PHOTOS: Storms Bring Wind, Lightning and Power Outages to the Area


Published on May 31 2013 6:41 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

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Listeners around our area had a bumpy night in some locations as isolated thunderstorms, some much stronger than others, blew through our area.

Between Dieterich and Newton, listeners reported seeing widespread tree damage, heavy winds and horizontal rains. High winds are suspected to be the culprit in causing a tractor-trailer to flip over in this area, as shown in the below.

Residents on the east side of Effingham and those living east of town were also without power for a period of about 45 minutes as well. Listeners in Stewardson, Strasburg and Windsor also reported being without power, but it has since been restored.

The most significant damage seemed to be concentrated in and around Dieterich. Montrose and Island Grove residents saw damage as well, with several barns flattened. A large grain bin in Montrose was swept off its concrete pad (pictured below) and tossed across Route 40. Crews works well into the night cutting up and removing the bin from the roadway.  

Dieterich Mayor Brad Hardiek said the storm hit about 10pm.  Hardiek said there were many trees knocked down onto roadways around the village.  He gave a particular note of thanks to Dieterich firefighters who were out until early this morning clearing the trees off the roads.

This very large tree on East Section street in Dieterich was completely uprooted and laid across the road. Crews works through the night to cut sections away that blocked the street.

Hardiek said the winds took the roof off a large machine shed on the east side of the village (pictured below), many limbs are down and he said, "trampolines are everywhere."

The storm knocked out power to the Dieterich area.  Service was restored in the village sometime after 1am today, but there were still some rural Dieterich residents without electric service this morning.

As to the issue of downed limbs, Hardiek asked residents to take those to the lot east of the Post Office by the creek where burning of storm debris is done.  If you can't get the limbs there, Hardiek asks you to leave them along your street and they'll be picked up.  If you can't do that due to the size of the limbs, phone the Village Office and they'll pick them up, although Hardiek advised that due to the volume of downed limbs, it could be a while before they might get to your home.