(OLNEY/NEWTON) While a complex thunderstorm cell moved through Illinois yesterday and last night, all of the storm activity stayed west of Olney and Newton. However, remnants of Thursday’s derecho (day-RAY-cho), a widespread and usually fast-moving windstorm with downburst rainfall and damaging straight-line winds over areas hundreds of miles long and across, have reached down into Northern Mississippi early this morning. The rare weather event originated in Nebraska about 24 hours ago, passing through Iowa, Illinois, and last night portions of Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The same thunderstorm has traveled over 1,200 miles and caused multiple reports of damage along its path, even though it has not reached tornado-like status. The storm included winds in excess of 50 to 70 miles-per-hour, dangerous lightning, and heavy rainfall. While no injuries have been reported, there are hundreds of residents still without power this morning due to downed utility poles and trees, along with flood advisories in effect today with anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain falling during the storm. Areas affected were pretty much west of U.S. Route 45 over to near St. Louis, including the regional towns of Flora, Salem, Taylorville, Mt. Vernon, and other to the northwest, west, and southwest. Authorities are continuing their assessments.