The worst damage from a storm system that swept through Central Illinois on Monday occurred in Sangamon County, but Macon County wasn't spared.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relentless winds and rain pummeled large swaths of the South on Tuesday, causing tornadoes, sparking a flash flood emergency in Alabama and damaging homes from Texas to Virginia. The storms prompted boat rescues, toppled trees and power lines and raised the threat of flash floods elsewhere in the region.
One tornado touchdown was confirmed Arenzville in Cass County, while three others were confirmed in Sangamon County — one near Pleasant Plains, a third in Mechanicsburg and a fourth in Dawson near Interstate 72.
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On Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, 1996, two tornadoes struck Decatur, carving a path of destruction across the city. What do you re…
“I looked at the person next to me and I said ‘Boy, that sounds like a train.’ Right when I said it, I said ‘Let’s get out of here,’ and that’s when it hit.”
After Sharon United Methodist Church was destroyed in 1996, volunteers pitched in to help the congregation rebuild. “Even through this, God was present in the entire situation.”
"I remember thinking we would not make it. The wind was so intense I could not hear my wife and kids."
On April 18 and 19, 1996, Decatur found itself in the eye of a meteorological wonder — two consecutive days of tornadoes that wreaked havoc on the community, the county and region. See our anniversary coverage here.
"As soon as it was over, it was like a well-oiled machine took over."
“I don’t know how you can ever say you’re 100% prepared for something like that. You deal with what’s in front of you.”
Leona Urquhart came away from the April 19, 1996, tornado that struck Decatur with a sense of wonder about how random a storm can be, leaving one home relatively untouched while leveling another nearby.
See where tornadoes hit most often, when they strike, and how to survive if one threatens you and your home.