PEORIA, IL (AP) – The National Weather Service says a tornado has touched down in north-central Illinois, as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac spin off severe thunderstorms across the state.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rockie Harber says the tornado was spotted in an unpopulated area along the Illinois River to the south of the village of Hopewell. He says there were no reports of damage.
A tornado warning remains in effect for parts of Stark and Marshall counties until 1:30 p.m.
By midday Saturday, the storm had dumped up to five inches of rain in parts of Illinois
Because the rainfall was spaced out over several hours, there was enough time for the storm to soften up drought-hardened ground. That meant there was little flooding.