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Weather Service: 4 Tornadoes Confirmed In Central Illinois

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Meteorologist Andrew Pritchard took this picture of a big supercell and lightning strike near Elwin on May 3, 2021.

MECHANICSBURG — The National Weather Service said Tuesday that four tornadoes touched down Monday evening in central Illinois but no damage was reported as the storms swept across farm fields and open areas.

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.

Alex Erwin, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Lincoln bureau, says that because the storms produced no reported damage, the weather service will not be dispatching a survey team to assess the EF ratings of the four storms.

Click here for a blog of Illinois Newsroom’s severe weather coverage on May 3, 2021.

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