The national spotlight is on an Oklahoma town following a devastating tornado that ripped apart the town of Moore Monday afternoon. A revised total, lowered the number of confirmed fatalities to 24 this morning. Earlier reports had the number at around 90, but officials believe some victims may have been counted twice. In the Riverbend, the same storm system brought heavy rain across the area overnight and some building damage in Mount Olive and Staunton apparently due to high wind.
Storm spotters for the National Weather Service report the roof was blown off the Bill's IGA store in Staunton last evening after ten. No one was injured. In nearby Mount Olive, the same storm may have caused a fire that destroyed three buildings in the downtown area on North Street. Again, no injuries reported. The storm also blew in eight fire bay doors at the Mount Olive Fire Department. There are other reports from overnight of tree limbs and power lines down in the Riverbend, but no reports of major damage. At least 3 to 4 inches of rain fell across most of the WBGZ listening area overnight. Another round of storms is possible this afternoon before a cool down later this week. More than 25-hundred Ameren Illinois customers are without power this morning, including more than 300 here in the Riverbend, and more than 13-hundred in the Staunton and Mount Olive areas.