A quick but very powerful storm roared thru Fayette County during the 6 pm hour on Wednesday evening. The storm started off bringing very heavy downpours to Vandalia and causing some flash flooding. And, as the stormed moved to the east and northeast, it continued to intensify. The storm brought winds, heavy rain and small hail to Brownstown and triggered a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. The storm continued to gain strength and from photos taken, formed an aloft funnel cloud in the Brownstown and St. Elmo areas, which led to a Tornado Warning for part of the county. Tornado Sirens were hears in Brownstown and St. Elmo, and both communities actually heard the sirens a second time well after the storm had passed thru the area. Reports of major flash flooding throughout the county came in, along with major flooding in areas in Effingham County, as well. The storm was very strong but was mostly quite rapidly, which meant it didn’t hang around long in any one area. No reports of the funnel cloud touching down at this time and also no reports of any major damage. We will have a couple of calm weather days today and tomorrow and then more storms are on the way for this weekend.