CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Some spring-like conditions have swung into the area, but not without causing some damage around the area.

The winds reached up to 61 miles per hour in part of Central Illinois, but it didn’t stop people who had a little cabin fever.

Old glory waved high and limbs from a split and fallen tree laid low. 

“It sounds like a bunch of animals running,” says Richard Sabas of Champaign.

Wind gusts snapped power lines, ameren crews made it to John and Kenwood and cars had to be rerouted.

While others decided to take a route of their own to the park for a walk.  

“Oh it’s been pretty bad. We had to stop a conversation partly through because we couldn’t get the words out,” says Joshua Gegg of Champaign.

The howling wind made it difficult for just about anyone who went outside. 

“It’s really strong. Earlier when I was on the way to the park I saw a tree had fallen down,” states Sabas.

Sabas is a 6th grade Jefferson Middle School student took advantage of warmer conditions on his first day of spring break. 

“I really just playing staying at home and playing games, but I decided since the weather was really nice today except for the wind I decided to come out here,” states Sabas.

“I’m really not a fan of strong winds. It usually annoys me,” says Sabas.

While it may be annoying to have the wind, many of us are ready to say goodbye to old man winter.

“I cannot wait for spring to get here,” says Gegg.