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On the morning of June 14, 1998 the Alton/River Bend region was struck by severe winds. Wind speeds estimated between 80-100 miles per hour uprooted trees and downed power lines throughout a large section of the community. Areas hardest hit were Downtown Alton, State Street and Northern Godfrey Rd. Power was out for the city and surrounding communities for most of the day. As of Monday morning, some sections of town were still without power. There have been no reported fatalities.

Eyewitnesses claim it was a tornado, but weather officials state that it was "straight line winds" that caused the damage.


Below are some photos of the damage - click on the picture to view a larger image.

Trees downed and blocking Alton St.
Marquette High School.
Tree split in half by the forceful winds.
Marquette High School
Trees and downed power lines surround parked cars
in front of Enos Apartments on East 3rd.
Uprooted trees along George St.
Tree limbs fall onto parked cars along George St.
East 4th and Alby - another tree completely uprooted.
Along Godfrey Road
Uprooted tree falls onto neighboring house. 
Monticello House - along Godfrey Road.
Top of roof torn open by falling trees.
Godfrey Road leading to Jerseyville.
Power lines were down along the highway,
Traffic was blocked by tree limbs and debris.
 
 

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