Lightening just struck a tree in the 1700 block of Peoria - about 1/2 block from us. HUGE limb is in the middle of the street. It also took out some power lines and a small pick-up. Police and Fire now on the scene.
PJStar — A house was struck by lightning and caught fire Saturday night in the midst of a severe thunderstorm.
The house, located on Pauli Road, was struck shortly before 8:40 p.m., and crews were on the scene into the night working to get the fire under control. Possible injuries and the extent of damage were uncertain late Saturday night.
Torrential rain and lightning also caused power outages to more than 2,000 Ameren Illinois customers at their peak, at about 9:45 p.m. Power was beginning to be restored as the night progressed, according to Ameren's outage map.
Downed power lines were reported in Peoria's East Bluff as well as in Tremont, according to police officers in both locations. A tree also fell on a house in Tremont, but no injuries were reported, according to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department.
Although some areas were deluged by the storm, others experienced only light rain. Tornado and severe-thunderstorm warnings were issued, then revoked throughout the night.
A severe-thunderstorm watch remained in effect throughout the night and into early Sunday morning for much of central Illinois.
Between 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, about 1.5 inches of rain was reported to have fallen at Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport. Prior to Saturday, the rainfall total reported for June at the airport had been .47 inches.