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McDonough County tornado confirmed

An example of the damage from Tuesday night's tornadic thunderstorm.
National Weather Service
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An example of the damage from Tuesday night's tornadic thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service has confirmed there was a tornado in McDonough County Tuesday night.

A survey team was in the county the next morning and determined that an EF-1 tornado touched down about three miles northwest of Industry shortly before 10:30 p.m. on May 31.

The tornado was on the ground for a brief time before lifting north of Industry near Route 67.

The NWS said the tornado lofted a grain bin, damaged a farm outbuilding, and snapped a power pole along Route 67. The tornado was on the ground for about 1.5 miles. Start and end times were estimated by radar.

No one was injured.

The storm also produced torrential rainfall, leading to flash flooding in portions of McDonough and Hancock counties and washing out several roads.

In addition, the LaMoine River at Colmar rose to moderate flood stage.

The NWS said thunderstorms developed across all of eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and far northeast Missouri in the afternoon and evening. They were not severe initially, but that changed as storms reached west central Illinois.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.