4 preliminary tornadoes reported in S...

4 preliminary tornadoes reported in S. Illinois

There are 18 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 8, 2009, titled 4 preliminary tornadoes reported in S. Illinois. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Authorities say there are preliminary reports of four tornadoes touching down in southern Illinois, including one at Scott Air Force Base.

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Brooke R

Saint Charles, MO

#4 Jun 8, 2009
There was more damage than just a few torn shingles in the town of Shiloh (right next to O'Fallon). Roofs were ripped complete off, garages are caved in, sides and backs of houses are gone.....its surreal.
OneManOneVision

United States

#5 Jun 9, 2009
This is Bush's fault.
Dave

Bronxville, NY

#6 Jun 9, 2009
For the record, Perry, Franklin, and Williamson Counties are a ways away from the Kentucky border.

Also, anything south of Cermak and west of Ashland is not "downstate".

My prayers to those who suffered damage.
bleech

United States

#7 Jun 9, 2009
Twisters?

Here in the north part of the US we prefer to call them tornadoes.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#8 Jun 9, 2009
Tornado sirens were going off at 8PM, lightening storm like I have never seen, heavy rain, but the winds never got above 20 mph...we got lucky as the heavy stuff skirted just to our west.

However, the May 8th storm was a different story.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#9 Jun 9, 2009
Hey Chicago media, south of Kankakee in your book is "Downstate"? Central Illinois runs from Rantoul to Effingham...south of Effingham is southern Illinois.
BigPete

Columbus, OH

#10 Jun 9, 2009
It would be great of the Tribune to update this story with new information. For more info I suggest you go to www.bnd.com the Belleville (IL) News Democrat. There you will find stories with detailed information of touchdown locations as well as pictures.
karen

Chicago, IL

#11 Jun 9, 2009
yeah, i gotta agree with dave on the usage of "downstate"... i'm so tired of hearing that word. believe it or not, there are a ton of towns/counties that are south of these areas. the world does not stop at I-80. my parents lost all the trees in their yards due to these storms... neighbors lost their roof & other crazy damage.
Jet

Rockford, IL

#13 Jun 9, 2009
According to Chicago any area outside the suburbs is called "downstate", even NW Illinois which is farther "up" than down!! Just typical condescending remarks from the "big" city!!
Jean SmilingCoyote

United States

#14 Jun 9, 2009
bleech wrote:
Twisters?
Here in the north part of the US we prefer to call them tornadoes.
"Twister" is OK anywhere in the USA. I know of no surveys of preferences by region. Do you?
Jean SmilingCoyote

United States

#15 Jun 9, 2009
BigPete wrote:
It would be great of the Tribune to update this story with new information. For more info I suggest you go to www.bnd.com the Belleville (IL) News Democrat. There you will find stories with detailed information of touchdown locations as well as pictures.
Thank you for the referral! I think it would also be great if news media ran articles about tornado-resistant construction options while the news of damage is still fresh - like, the same or the next day; and adjacent to the storm stories. I've got a public-service web page with links to much info: http://www.geocities.com/maiinganikan/ . I'm not selling anything.
ILman

O Fallon, IL

#16 Jun 9, 2009
I was raised in Chicago, and now live in Belleville, IL. Considering that most of the Chicago Tribune audience is in the Chicagoland area, anything south of Chicago IS downstate. All of the counties mentioned are downstate from Chicago. I can see maybe people in southern IL, or maybe the not too southern parts of IL, getting upset if they just said downstate IL was hit with bad weather, but they did mention the counties.

It amuses me that people gripe about minuscule things.
Maid Rite fan

United States

#17 Jun 9, 2009
Reminds me of a time in college (in Chicago suburbs) when a friend from Oak Park described Joliet as "downstate".

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#18 Jun 9, 2009
Maid Rite fan wrote:
Reminds me of a time in college (in Chicago suburbs) when a friend from Oak Park described Joliet as "downstate".
Hate Maid Rites.....
Kent G Wartick

Hudson, OH

#19 Jun 9, 2009
How about a map along with the article? That would be helpful to those who are geographically challenged, which sadly includes most Americans.
Pokinabout

Waukegan, IL

#20 Jun 11, 2009
I knew a girl who thought the state ended at Springfield. She was in college.
time traveler

Belleville, IL

#21 Jun 12, 2009
I know a girl who seriouly thought there was a 5 minutes time difference between E. St. Louis and Belleville, and used it to justify being 5 minutes late every. Sadly she really wasnt kidding.
Maid Rite fan

United States

#22 Jun 22, 2009
The Maid Rite in Lebanon is nothing like a Maid Rite should be...I grew up eating them and the ones that store is serving are just wrong.
So IL Bruno wrote:
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Hate Maid Rites.....

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