Storm damages Champaign County house; funnel cloud spotted

Storm damages Champaign County house; funnel cloud spotted

CHAMPAIGN — Late afternoon severe weather caused an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 damage to a home southwest of Champaign on Tuesday, but nobody was reported hurt.

According to the National Weather Service, trained weather spotters reported seeing a funnel cloud about seven miles southwest of Champaign at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday.

A Champaign County sheriff's deputy reported a debris field west of Staley Road and Monticello Road.

High winds caused damage to storm doors and shingles to the home of Lee and Michelle Reifsteck at 726 Monticello Road in rural Tolono. Five or six trees were reported blown down in the area, with total damage estimated between $8,000 and $10,000.

John Carlson, director of the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency, said some high winds blew two cars off the highway on Interstate 74 near Ogden.

Quarter-sized hail was also reported near St. Joseph.

"That's the only damage we know about," Carlson said.

Ameren's website reported that 94 customers in Champaign lost power from the storm.

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