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National Weather Service investigating possible tornado near Genoa from Saturday's storms

The National Weather Service is investigating reports of a possible tornado which may have touched down about five miles Northeast of Genoa during Saturday’s severe thunderstorms.

According to NWS reports, a DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy reported a likely tornado around 6:12 p.m. Saturday, and reported a barn was damaged with debris blown downstream into a field, power lines down about a mile downstream, and a likely tornado path based on spotter reports and radar.

The NWS has not yet confirmed any official tornado as of Sunday morning.

In a post on social media Saturday evening, the City of Genoa stated it had not seen rain to the degree its residents experienced in years. It also warned residents to not drive through roadways which are flooded.

“Today we encountered a torrential rain storm,” the post reads. “Genoa has not seen rain in this volume in years if ever. Early estimates are pointing to 3 inches of rain in a span of 15 minutes, social media is abound with videos and pictures that are difficult to comprehend.

We would like to thank our residents for your patience and understanding as we work through this event, our wet wells are contained, the lift stations are all working and the treatment plant is under control. Our Public Works team have all reported to work to assist and it’s all hands on deck . We are beginning to see the water levels subside as the drainage system comes to terms with the sheer volume of water.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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