Which way a tree falls can make all the difference.
The general Pekin area escaped the brunt of the storm Monday evening that swept slowly but further north through Peoria and Tazewell counties.
No significant power outages or damage were reported – except for the white sedan parked in front of Andrew and Jeri Hesh’s home in Pekin’s Sunset Hills area.
A large oak tree crashed into the car after heavy rain soaked the home’s front lawn at 1925 St. Clair Drive and its aging roots gave out.
Had the tree fallen to the north instead of south, it likely would’ve broken the spine of the one-story home’s roof. Instead, only the car took the tree’s hit.
Half of another huge tree blocked the 2800 block of Broadway Road when the storm cracked it in half.
City Streets and Solid Waste Operations Supervisor Bob Shaw said city crews moved the tree trunk to the roadside and cleared the street of debris by later Monday night.
That was the worst of damage the storm brought, Shaw said. Several streets that became flooded by the long downpour had cleared by Tuesday morning, he said.
The storm dumped a total of 2.15 inches of rain at General Wayne A. Downing Greater Peoria International Airport, breaking the record of 1.89 inches for the date set in 1912.
It also produced a tornado that touched down in the rural Princeville area in Peoria, causing minor damage, and hail 2 1/2 inches in diameter in Fulton County, according to the National Weather Service.
The remaining week’s forecast carries the chance of more rain and thunderstorms through Thursday night as the current summer heat wave continues with mid-day high temperatures in the mid-90s.
The weekend looks good, with a dry forecast and mid-80s highs through Monday.
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