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Microburst drops 1.2″ of rain, downs tree limbs

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Some got sunshine, but residents in north Peoria got a downpour Wednesday afternoon.

A microburst dropped over an inch of rain in less than in hour in that area.

In the downpour, some drivers risked getting stranded by driving over flooded roads.

Strong winds caused a stop sign near the Target off War Memorial to flap like a piece of paper.

The storm left as many as 1,500 people without power, although most of it has since been restored.

Fallen trees and tree limbs littered some streets.

Olivia Isom lives in the 3200 block of N. Gale in Peoria.

She says she was in the car with her son, about to go to work, when pieces of trees started flying through the air, and they tried to run inside.

"Trees just started coming down, we decided we'd run and just try to get in the house for cover. As we got out, one piece hit him in the back. I made it to the door before the other one fell and blocked the door," Isom recalled.

Isom's son's injuries are minor.

Her car was also damaged by the falling tree, along with a separate building nearby the house.

In addition to car repairs, Isom has a leafy mess to clean up in her driveway.

"The fun's just begun," she said, "and I haven't made it to work, so I'm not sure if I'm going to have a job anymore. So, this changed my whole day in just ten minutes."

Sheridan Swathwood

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