At Holmes and Race in Urbana (Tom Kacich photo)
In south Urbana (Tom Kacich photo)
The scene at Anderson and Harmon in south Urbana (Tom Kacich photo)
Overnight storms toppled trees, flattened fences and damaged houses in the Champaign-Urbana area.
City crews were in cleanup mode Sunday morning, clearing debris from streets.
In Champaign, Public Works Administrative Services Supervisor Kris Koester said on Sunday afternoon that between 12 and 15 public works employees had been at work since 2 p.m.
"The problem is mostly trees," Koester said. "We are looking at an area between Mattis Avenue on the west to Kirby Avenue on the north to Kirby Avenue on the east and Windsor Road to the west," Koester said. "There is a lot of damage along Broadmoor and many of the side streets."
Koester said that trees were blocking city streets and sidewalks.
"We had some uprooted trees," he said.
Koester said he didn’t know how many more hours city work crews would be at the job before calling it a day.
"We have to worry about staff safety, especially with people using chainsaws."
In south Urbana, a roof was blown off of a house near Holmes and Race. Heavy damage was apparent in a block-wide swath in a neighborhood to the north of Meadowbrook Park.
In Savoy, the scene was similar after a severe storm, including hail, did damage around 1:30 a.m. today.
"It looks like a bomb went off," said Amanda Baker, whose family lives on Clover Leaf Court in Savoy (above). "Huge, significant branches are 50 feet away from the trees. It looks like a tornado ripped through here."
The National Weather Service in Lincoln reported winds reached 63 mph at 1:25 a.m. in Savoy. Winds reached 57 mph at 1:47 a.m. in Sidney and 60 mph at 2 a.m. in Tilton.
In Champaign, crews started clearing debris from Broadmoor Drive around 3 a.m. There was significant tree damage around St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Crews clean up near Broadmoor and Robert in Champaign. (Mike Goebel photo)