CHICAGO – The National Weather Service said two tornadoes have touched down in north-central Illinois, as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac spin off severe thunderstorms across the state.
Marshall County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rockie Harber said the first tornado was spotted in an unpopulated area along the Illinois River to the south of the village of Hopewell. He says there was no damage.
A second tornado briefly touched the ground in a rural area of western Marshall County. The Sheriff's Office said there were no damage reports there.
A tornado watch remains in effect for much of central Illinois until 9 p.m.
By midday Saturday, the storm had dumped up to five inches of rain in parts of the state.
Because the rainfall was spaced over several hours, there was little flooding.