A tornado briefly touched down in the Belleville area early Monday afternoon.  No one was injured, but several homes sustained roof damage and there were several trees knocked down in the Maple Hill and Orchards subdivisions just off Highway 15.  There was also damage reported at the Weingarten winery and restaurant, which was closed at the time.

Tornado Warnings were issued for St. Clair and eastern Madison County during the storm, sending some shoppers at stores in nearby Fairview Heights to cover.  Heavy rain also accompanied the system that moved quickly to the north.  The National Weather Service described the tornado as “weak.”


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