A storm with wind gusts of up to 60 mph made its way through Bureau, La Salle and Putnam counties late Tuesday afternoon. Because of the rotation of the storm, tornado sirens were sounded in a number of communities near the La Salle and Bureau counties line.
A tornado warning also was issued in the northeast portion of the county, where winds were reported to reach 76 mph and dime-sized hail was recorded, just two miles northwest of Serena, according to storm tracker Bob Waszak.
Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei said the storm damaged a utility pole north of the city on Plank Road.
"It looks like we dodged a bullet," the police chief said.
Power lines were damaged on Route 89 between 1700 and 1800 North Roads north of Ladd.
Additionally, a semi was overturned in the median near mile post 71 approximately two miles south of the Mendota exit.