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Extreme Summer Weather in Central Illinois

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Some areas experience hurricanes, monsoons, earthquakes, and other large disaster situations. When you live in areas like Central Illinois, you luck out as far as not needing to purchase earthquake or hurricane insurance. However, it doesn’t mean that people in Central Illinois are completely safe from natural disasters.

What do we need to look out for here in Central Illinois?


  • These violent, rotating columns of air extend from thunderstorms to the ground, with damage paths generally less than 100 yards wide and a couple of miles long. At their worst though, tornado damage paths can be up to a mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes can happen at any time of year, making them a constant risk factor in areas that are prone to them. 
    • On average there are 31 tornadoes per year in Illinois, most of which produce winds 60 to 112 mph, with more violent ones producing winds up to 318 mph.


  • Flooding can be a fast process or it can take hours/days to come to develop. Whatever the case, it is no joke. Flooding results in the most fatalities nationally and makes up 75% of the presidential disaster declarations. Illinois has had thirteen flooding fatalities since 1995, and seven of those occurred in a vehicle during a flash flood.
    • Note: This is no surprise considering that flash floods are the most dangerous types of floods. Flash floods often follow from heavy and slow-moving thunderstorms. Generally occurring with little to no warning and during the night, this type of flood is quick to develop and hard to defend against.


  • Thunderstorms are common and the cause of a great deal of damage throughout the year. By producing tornadoes, damaging winds, lightning, hail or heavy rain, thunderstorms can be a gateway to a myriad of problems.
    • People are more often killed by lightning than tornadoes, the majority of which occur in open fields or around trees. In 2001, Illinois ranked second in the United States for lightning fatalities.

The most important thing is to be prepared and stay safe. While the storms we get here in Central Illinois might not have the initial impact of larger storms that appear closer to oceans or statewide fires, you can’t ignore the threat posed in our state during the spring, summer, and fall.


If you experience storm damage to your home or business, you can always contact SERVPRO® for your cleaning and restoration needs.

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