LESSON OF THE DAY We (my brother and I) were just north and London Mills, about 35-40 west of Peoria, IL. We were watching a nice storm develop just to our west and northwest. T-strom warnings went up for Mcdonough and Schuyer counties to our south.(were in in extreme northren Fulton) We decided to head south to see if we could catch the storms to our south before we ran out of daylight.(it was about 6pm or so) we took county highway E900 south, planing to take route 9 east and route 97 south. I noticed a classic rain free base on the southwest side of that storm we were watching which was now to our north and nortwest. A tornado warning was issued for southesat fulton county for an unconfirmed report of a tornado near Lewistown. (agian!! see earlier posting on the Illinois river valley and the maxima just south of Peoria). This was about 20 miles south of out present location.(parked at the intersection on route 9 and E900. We decided to stay put and watch the rain free base which was showing signs of weak rotation. I took out my video camrea and zoomed in on the rotation which was about 3-4 miles to our west. A wall cloud lowered and after about five minutes a small funnel formed and then lifted. then a tornado warning was issued for Marietta, a small town about 5-6 miles to our SW. This was it! A funnel formed again and came about 2/3rds down to the ground. We headed east along route 9 Towards Canton. The wall cloud lifted and the rotation weakened(about 6:40 or so) the storms to our south seemed to rob the energy as our storm weakened. To make a long story short, I got some Video of a funnel cloud. We decided to take the video to a local TV station and they said they would show it on the air. When we got there they put the VCR play and I said I forgot to rewind it so they did. When they we rewinding it the VCR ate the tape and now it's lost forever. Lesson of the day: always make copies!!!!