As the storm moved away, we got
back on the Highway and moved east, but began
taking notice of the storm behind us as
well. Both of the storms had a nice looking
wall cloud. The next stop, we had both wall
clouds in view.
As we moved again, the front storm
was falling apart, but the back storm remained
strong, so we turned our attention to watching
that storm full time. The wall cloud
remained very prominent. Every now and then
it would grab our attention with a "finger"
dropping out of the cloud.
Again, we scooted east as the
storm got near. We pulled off and parked in
between a train track and the road. The
storm was extremely electrical at this point with
numerous cloud to ground lightning strikes.
One of the bolts we believe struck within feet
right behind us. We nearly jumped out of our
skin with the bolt and sound simultaneously.
That bolt activated the train crossing gate.
after this, the storm began to
weaken and eventually lost the
wall cloud. We began
hearing of the tornadoes about a
100-150 miles to the north of
us. We had no Tornado
Warnings and only one Severe
Thunderstorm Warning in our
area. We stopped for
dinner in Mount Vernon, IL and
then made our way home and
enjoyed the electrical show in
the storms that continued to
work their way eastward as we
crossed their path.