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A funnel cloud was spotted in Divernon late Wednesday afternoon, but so far there are no confirmed reports of a touchdown.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has not been able to confirm a brief touchdown of a tornado five miles west of Loami in Sangamon County near the Morgan County line.

Divernon President Jim Copelin said he heard reports of a funnel cloud spot in the middle of Divernon near Lincoln Street.

There was no immediate report of damage in the area.

Jeff Clarke, President of Pawnee, said sirens went off in the village for about 20 minutes.

The funnel cloud was also seen in Comanche Village, a subdivision of Divernon.

The tornado lifted in Sangamon County, though the rotation remained in the clouds, said Chris Miller of the NWS.

There was a report of a tornado that touched down in Montgomery County at 5:28 p.m., west of Farmersville and east of Virden, according to Miller.

A farmer measured wind speeds of 88 MPH, according to Miller.

There were reports of crop damage.

The reports from Montgomery County came to the NWS office in Lincoln via the NWS office in St. Louis.

Miller said the information of the touchdown west of Loami just after 4:30 p.m. came from a spotter.

There was some tree damage in the area, Miller said.

A tornado watch remains in effect for Sangamon County until 9 p.m. The watch also covers Christian, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Scott and Cass counties.

This story will be updated.

Contact Steven Spearie: 622-1788, sspearie@sj-r.com, twitter.com/stevenspearie.



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