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October 23, 2014, 8:48 am
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Strong Winds Derail Empty Rail Cars, Other Damage Through County

Another round of strong storms has created more headaches in Sangamon County.


55 to 60 rail cars that were sitting on tracks near the Lowder grain elevator were knocked over by wind gusts of 70 miles an hour or more.


Sheriff Neil Williamson says it appears those cars were empty, and no injuries were reported.


The high winds also uprooted trees and snapped power poles in southern and western parts of the county, leaving hundreds of Ameren customers without power in Auburn, New Berlin, and elsewhere.


There were also reports of damage to mobile homes in Loami.

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