Inventory of Illinois Tornadoes from November 17

The National Weather Service has a nice summary table of the 24 tornadoes that struck Illinois on November 17, 2013 [updated on December 2: the NWS now counts 25 tornadoes in Illinois]. This includes the locations, start time, EF rating, path length, fatalities, and injuries. They are available here as a pdf file on the Lincoln NWS website and below as an image.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to the National Weather Service for their forecasts ahead of this tornado outbreak, their tornado warnings as this system exploded that Sunday morning, and their extensive damage surveys after the event. The number of deaths and injuries probably would have been much higher without their excellent work. Also thanks to all the news media in Illinois that covered this event as it unfolded and their coverage of the aftermath. And finally, thanks to all the good people of Illinois who showed their resilience and compassion during this extraordinary event.

[Updated December 2, 2013]

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Tornado Count At 24 In Illinois

The Lincoln NWS office has surveyed three more tornadoes. According to the Lincoln NWS office, that brings the number of reported tornadoes in Illinois up to 24. I counted 25 tornadoes across the state, based on reports posted on the web sites of the NWS covering Illinois. These numbers will settle down once all the analysis is done.

The Lincoln NWS office has posted an interactive map of the surveyed damage from the Washington IL EF-4.

Here are the three more tornadoes …

– An EF-1 tornado touched down on the north edge of Pana, and traveled 2.5 miles. It had a peak wind speed of 110 mph.

– An EF-1 tornado touched down 2.5 miles north-northeast of Tuscola, and traveled 5.2 miles before merging with the EF-3 tornado which passed just northwest of Villa Grove. This tornado had a peak wind speed of 100 mph.

– An EF-1 tornado, with winds of 100 mph, was confirmed in the village of West Liberty, in Jasper County. It was on the ground for 3.5 miles.

Here is their updated map showing the three new reports:

Courtesy: NOAA NWS Office in Lincoln, IL
Courtesy: NOAA NWS Office in Lincoln, IL

Tornado Count from November 17 Outbreak: 22

Based on preliminary reports and field surveys, there were about 23 22 tornadoes that struck Illinois on Sunday, November 17. [update: I just realized I didn’t add correctly when I wrote this late last night: 6+7+4+5=22]

  1. Six tornadoes struck northeast Illinois
  2. Seven tornadoes struck central Illinois
  3. Four tornadoes struck south-central Illinois: survey 1, survey 2
  4. Possibly up to five tornadoes struck far southern Illinois

In a earlier post, I mentioned the NWS Storm Prediction Center database which contained reports of 62 tornadoes in November between 1950 and 2012. Therefore, this one outbreak on Sunday increased the count from 62 to 85 84 for November tornadoes, a 37 percent increase.

These numbers could change as more analysis is done. It is not unusual for some reports to be joined when it is determined that the damage at two locations was caused by the same tornado. The NWS does an outstanding job of surveying the damage from these events to determine the strength and path of the storms.

Here are tornado track maps for northern and central Illinois, courtesy of the National Weather Service. Below the maps are the Public Information Statements from the National Weather Service on the storm damage surveys.

NOAA NWS. Click to enlarge.
NOAA NWS. Click to enlarge. There were six tornadoes in Illinois.
NWS NOAA. Click to enlarge.
NWS NOAA. Click to enlarge.

Public Information Statements by NWS offices:

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
1024 PM CST TUE NOV 19 2013 /1124 PM EST TUE NOV 19 2013/

...LIST OF TORNADOES FROM SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH IN THE NWS CHICAGO
WARNING AREA...UPDATED TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...NWS STORM SURVEY TEAMS HAVE DETERMINED
THAT NINE TORNADOES OCCURRED IN THE NWS CHICAGO WARNING AREA ON
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH. IN THE NWS CHICAGO AREA...THREE OF THESE
WERE OF EF-2 MAGNITUDE...FOUR OF EF-1...AND TWO OF EF-0. THIS IS
THE LARGEST NUMBER OF TORNADOES IN ANY ONE NOVEMBER EVENT ON
RECORD FOR THE NWS CHICAGO COUNTY WARNING AREA...SURPASSING THE
PREVIOUS RECORD OF SIX ON NOVEMBER 12TH 1965. INCLUDING THE
TORNADOES FROM THIS OUTBREAK...21 TORNADOES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE
MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN THE NWS CHICAGO WARNING AREA SINCE 1950. JUST
OVER 40 PERCENT OF THESE OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 17TH 2013.

TO NOTE...FOUR OF THESE TORNADOES CROSSED THE BORDERS OF NWS
FORECAST AREAS. TWO BEGAN IN THE NWS LINCOLN FORECAST
AREA...INCLUDING THE TORNADOES THAT STRUCK THE COMMUNITIES OF
WASHINGTON AND GIFFORD. TWO OTHER TORNADOES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA
MOVED FROM THE NWS CHICAGO FORECAST AREA INTO THE NWS NORTHERN
INDIANA FORECAST AREA.

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.CONTINUATION OF THE WASHINGTON IL TORNADO TO LONG POINT IL...

RATING:                 EF-2*
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    111-135 MPH*
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  11.7 MILES*
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE
INJURIES:               NONE

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             1133 AM CST*
START LOCATION:         4 MILES S OF RUTLAND IL*
START LAT/LON:          40.5260/-89.0363*

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               1147 AM CST
END LOCATION:           3 MILES E OF LONG POINT IL
END_LAT/LON:            41.0063/-88.8439

*THIS TORNADO HAD A CONTINUOUS PATH FROM TAZEWELL COUNTY AND HAD A
 MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF EF-4...THOUGH EF-2 DAMAGE WAS THE MAXIMUM
 FOUND IN LASALLE AND LIVINGSTON COUNTIES. THE TOTAL TORNADO PATH
 LENGTH WAS 46.2 MILES. FOR DETAILS OF THE TORNADO PRIOR TO
 ENTERING LASALLE COUNTY SEE INFORMATION FROM NWS LINCOLN IL.

THE TORNADO ENTERED LASALLE COUNTY FROM WOODFORD COUNTY NORTH OF
MINONK IL...AND PRODUCED EF-2 DAMAGE AS IT TRACKED TO THE NORTH SIDE
OF DANA IL. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST
PRODUCING ADDITIONAL EF-2 DAMAGE SOUTH OF LONG POINT...BEFORE
DISSIPATING ABOUT 2 MILES EAST OF LONG POINT NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF LONG POINT BLACKTOP ROAD AND ILLINOIS ROUTE 23. ADDITIONAL
DETAILS WILL BE ADDED LATER THIS EVENING.

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...EF-2 TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR COAL CITY...

* EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO

* INJURIES: 3

* ESTIMATED BEGIN TIME/LOCATION: 11/17/2013...1222 PM CST
                                 3 MILES SSW OF COAL CITY IL
                                 LAT 41.24 LON -88.30

* ESTIMATED END TIME/LOCATION:  11/17/2013...1233 PM CST
                                4 MILES NNE OF WILMINGTON IL
                                LAT 41.35 LON -88.13

* PATH LENGTH:  12.9 MILES

* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 122 MPH

* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH:  200 YARDS

* DISCUSSION:  THE TORNADO FORMED JUST NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION
OF E BRACEVILLE RD AND S CARBON HILL RD WHERE SEVERAL SOFTWOOD TREES
WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO THEN QUICKLY MOVED NORTHEAST JUST NORTH
OF E REED RD WHERE A FAMILY RESIDENCE SUSTAINED VISIBLE DAMAGE TO
ITS EXTERIOR...AND A METAL BUILDING SUSTAINED ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALL
DAMAGE. DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS CONSISTENT WITH ESTIMATED WINDS
OF 95 MPH OBSERVED AT THIS LOCATION.

A SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF BERTA ROAD AND SPRING ROAD WHERE TWO PEOPLE WERE
INJURED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED INTO A SUBDIVISION NORTH OF SPRING
ROAD WHERE WIDESPREAD MINOR DAMAGE OCCURRED. SEVERAL HOMES RECEIVED
MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE INCLUDING PARTIAL LOSS OF ROOFS AND SECOND
STORY WALLS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS COUNTY LINE
ROAD. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE OCCURRED TO BUSINESSES ALONG DIVISION
STREET BETWEEN COUNTY LINE ROAD AND I-55 INCLUDING AN RV STORE WHERE
NUMEROUS VEHICLES WERE DAMAGED.

CONSISTENT EF-2 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED JUST NORTHWEST OF THE RT 113 AND
I-55 INTERSECTION...WHERE A HOUSE OBSERVED SIGNIFICANT EXTERIOR
DAMAGE. THE TORNADO LOST INTENSITY AS IT TRACKED JUST WEST
OF I-55 CAUSING WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE...BEFORE CROSSING I-55 NEAR
WIDOWS RD WHERE SEVERAL HARDWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST AFFECTING A PHEASANT FARM...BEFORE FURTHER
WEAKENING AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST INTO THE MIDEWIN TALLGRASS PRAIRIE.
FURTHER DAMAGE TO SEVERAL METAL STRUCTURES WERE OBSERVED JUST WEST
OF RT 53 WITHIN THE MIDEWIN PRAIRIE...BEFORE LIFTING EAST OF RT 53.

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...EF-2 TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR MANHATTAN AND FRANKFORT IL...

* EVENT TYPE:  EF-2 TORNADO.

* INJURIES:  NONE.

* ESTIMATED BEGIN TIME/LOCATION: 11/17/2013...1242 PM CST
                                 3 MILES SE OF MANHATTAN IL
                                 LAT 41.41 LON -87.93

* ESTIMATED END TIME/LOCATION:  11/17/2013...1248 PM CST
                                2 MILES SSW OF FRANKFORT IL
                                LAT 41.47 LON -87.87

* PATH LENGTH:  5.5 MILES

* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 125 MPH

* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH:  200 YARDS.

* DISCUSSION: A SEPARATE TORNADO FORMED FROM THE SAME THUNDERSTORM
WHICH PRODUCED THE COAL CITY TORNADO...TOUCHING DOWN SOUTH OF W
BRUNS RD AND EAST OF S KANKAKEE ST SOUTHEAST OF MANHATTAN ILLINOIS.
THIS SEPARATE TORNADO RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE
TO 5 HOUSES ALONG W BRUNS RD...WITH THIS DAMAGE CAUSING THEM TO BE
UNINHABITABLE. NORTH OF THIS HOUSE DAMAGE...4 HIGH TENSION POWER
LINE TOWERS WERE BENT. EF-2 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED AT THIS LOCATION
WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AT 125 MPH. DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE TREES AND POWER
LINES WERE OBSERVED AS THIS TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST...BEFORE
REACHING W DRALLE RD WHERE CONSISTENT STRUCTURE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED.
DAMAGE TO TWO HOUSES WAS OBSERVED ALONG THIS ROAD WITH DAMAGE ALSO
SUSTAINED TO AN ADJACENT BARN TO THE NORTH. A SEPARATE FARM TO THE
NORTHEAST ALONG S SCHEER RD HAD ROOF DAMAGE TO THE
RESIDENCE...DAMAGE TO A METAL BARN...AND TREE DAMAGE ALL CONSISTENT
OF EF-1 INTENSITY. AS THE TORNADO WEAKENED ALONG RT 45...DAMAGE TO
ONE METAL STRUCTURE WAS ALSO OBSERVED...BEFORE THIS TORNADO LIFTED
JUST SOUTH OF W STEGER RD.

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...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED ALONG THE KANKAKEE AND WILL COUNTY
BORDER...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY ON
NOVEMBER 19TH SOUTHEAST OF BEECHER ILLINOIS TO ASSESS DAMAGE
SUSTAINED FROM THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS.

* EVENT TYPE:  EF-1 TORNADO.

* INJURIES:  NONE.

* ESTIMATED BEGIN TIME/LOCATION: 11/17/2013...101 PM CST
                                 5 MILES SE OF BEECHER IL
                                 LAT 41.30 LON -87.55

* ESTIMATED END TIME/LOCATION:  11/17/2013...102 PM CST
                                6 MILES SE OF BEECHER IL
                                LAT 41.31 LON -87.54

* PATH LENGTH:  0.8 MILES

* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 100 MPH

* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH:  150 YARDS.

* DISCUSSION: THIS BRIEF TORNADO QUICKLY DEVELOPED SOUTH OF E 12000N
RD CAUSING DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HARDWOOD TREES...THEN MOVING NORTHEAST
WHILE SNAPPING A SOFTWOOD TREE. THE MORE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE CAUSED
BY THIS TORNADO WAS TO A FARM JUST NORTHEAST TO THE INITIAL
TOUCHDOWN...WITH A LARGE BARN SUSTAINING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ITS
ROOF AND OUTER WALLS. CONSISTENT DAMAGE WAS NOTED WITH TWO ADJACENT
METAL BUILDINGS SUSTAINING PARTIAL ROOF LOSS...SEVERAL SOFTWOOD
TREES SNAPPED AT THE BASE OR HALF WAY UP...AND WITH DEBRIS TOSSED
ALMOST 1000 YARDS TO THE NORTHEAST. IN ADDITION...A TRACTOR BLADE
WEIGHING ABOUT 400 POUNDS WAS MOVED 60 FEET AND A GRAIN PIPE THAT
HAD BEEN RIVETED TO THE SILO NEXT TO THE BARN WAS RIPPED AWAY AND
MANGLED AND LOFTED INTO THE FIELD. DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS
CONSISTENT WITH ESTIMATED WINDS OF 100 MPH. THE TORNADO THEN
CONTINUED NORTHEAST THROUGH A FARM FIELD WHILE WEAKENING...THEN
CAUSING MINOR STRUCTURE AND TREE DAMAGE ALONG E DELITE INN RD.
NORTHEAST OF E DELITE RD...THE TORNADO LIFTED IN AN ADJACENT FARM
FIELD.

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.SOUTHERN IROQUOIS COUNTY...END OF THE GIFFORD IL TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0*
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH*
PATH LENGTH:            1.0 MILE*
PATH WIDTH:             100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE.
INJURIES:               NONE.

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             114 PM CST*
START LOCATION:         5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WELLINGTON*
START LAT/LON:          40.4880/-87.7334*

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               115 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WELLINGTON
END LAT/LON:            40.4999/-87.7227

*THIS TORNADO HAD A CONTINUOUS PATH FROM CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ACROSS
 NORTHWEST VERMILLION COUNTY INTO FAR SOUTHERN IROQUOIS COUNTY.
 ONLY EF-0 DAMAGE WAS FOUND IN IROQUIS COUNTY...BUT EARLIER THE
 TORNADO HAD A MAXIMUM INTENSITY OF EF-3. THE TOTAL PATH LENGTH
 WAS 29.7 MILES. FOR DETAILS OF THE TORNADO PRIOR TO ENTERING
 IROQUOIS COUNTY SEE INFORMATION FROM NWS LINCOLN IL.

DAMAGE: THREE HOMESTEADS HAD MINOR DAMAGE TO EITHER OUTBUILDINGS OR
TO LARGE TREES.

REMARKS: THIS WAS THE FIRST NOVEMBER TORNADO IN IROQUOIS COUNTY ON
RECORD (SINCE 1950).

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.EF-0 TORNADO NEAR WELLINGTON ILLINOIS IN IROQUOIS COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
PATH LENGTH:            4.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH:             75 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE.
INJURIES:               NONE.

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             119 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 MILE SE OF WELLINGTON IL
START LAT/LON:          40.5283/-87.6691

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               123 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4 MILES NE OF WELLINGTON IL
END LAT/LON:            40.5805/-87.6171

DAMAGE: FOUR FARMSTEADS WERE IMPACTED WITH SEVERAL LARGE TREES
DOWNED OR WITH THEIR TOPS SNAPPED. ONE OUTBUILDING HAD ITS ROOF
TORN OFF.

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.EF-1 GOODLAND INDIANA TORNADO...NEWTON AND JASPER COUNTIES...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH:            5.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH:             100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE.
INJURIES:               NONE.

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             127 PM CST
START LOCATION:         GOODLAND IN
START LAT/LON:          40.7616/-87.2974

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               132 PM CST
END LOCATION:           5 MILES NW OF REMINGTON IN
END LAT/LON:            40.8166/-87.2208

DAMAGE: LARGE GRAIN ELEVATOR IN GOODLAND HEAVILY DAMAGED WITH
MULTIPLE TREES SNAPPED. ONE FARMSTEAD NEAR THE END OF THE PATH
EXPERIENCED HIGH END EF-1 DAMAGE WITH DESTRUCTION OF AN
OUTBUILDING AND SMALL FARM EQUIPMENT MOVED...INCLUDING ONE PIECE
HAVING BEEN LIFTED AND ROLLED 50 FT INTO A DOWNED GRAIN STORAGE
BIN. DEBRIS FLUNG AT LEAST ONE MILE DOWNSTREAM. THE TORNADO
STARTED IN NEWTON COUNTY AND ENDED IN JASPER COUNTY.

REMARKS: THIS WAS THE FIRST NOVEMBER TORNADO...AND THE LATEST IN
A CALENDAR YEAR...IN NEWTON COUNTY ON RECORD (SINCE 1950).

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.EF-1 TORNADO BEGINNING IN EASTERN BENTON COUNTY INDIANA...

RATING:                 EF-1*
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH*
PATH LENGTH:            2.9 MILES*
PATH WIDTH:             100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE.
INJURIES:               NONE.

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             240 PM EST
START LOCATION:         5 MILES NW OF OTTERBEIN IN
START LAT/LON:          40.5557/-87.1475

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               243 PM EST*
END LOCATION:           6 MILES N OF OTTERBEIN IN*
END LAT/LON:            40.5688/-87.0953*

*TORNADO CONTINUED INTO THE NWS NORTHERN INDIANA COUNTY WARNING
AREA AND INTENSIFIED.

DAMAGE: OUTBUILDING HEAVILY DAMAGED WITH SEVERAL WOOD PROJECTILES
FROM THE BUILDING STUCK INTO A NEARBY GARAGE ROOF. DEBRIS FROM THIS
OUTBUILDING WAS STREWN AT LEAST THREE MILES DOWNSTREAM. ANOTHER
OUTBUILDING WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED AND MULTIPLE TREES DOWNED OR
SNAPPED.

REMARKS: THIS WAS THE FIRST NOVEMBER TORNADO...AND THE LATEST IN
A CALENDAR YEAR...IN BENTON COUNTY ON RECORD (SINCE 1950).

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.EF-1 TORNADO NORTHEAST OF RENSSELAER INDIANA...JASPER COUNTY...

RATING:                 EF-1*
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH*
PATH LENGTH:            11.5 MILES*
PATH WIDTH:             100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             NONE.
INJURIES:               NONE.

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             150 PM CST
START LOCATION:         3 MILES NE OF RENSSELAER IN
START LAT/LON:          40.9727/-87.1152

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               203 PM CST*
END LOCATION:           3 MILES SW OF MEDARYVILLE IN*
END LAT/LON:            41.0660/-86.9307*

*TORNADO CONTINUED INTO THE NWS NORTHERN INDIANA COUNTY WARNING
AREA.

DAMAGE: MULTIPLE EMPTY GRAIN STORAGE BINS AND OUTBUILDINGS
DESTROYED ACROSS FOUR FARMSTEADS WITH LARGE PATHS OF
DEBRIS THROWN AROUND TWO MILES DOWNSTREAM. UTILITY POLES DOWNED.
DOZENS OF TREES OF VARYING SIZES SNAPPED.

REMARKS: THIS WAS THE FIRST NOVEMBER TORNADO IN JASPER COUNTY ON
RECORD (SINCE 1950).

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NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

EF-SCALE...
NUMBER  MAXIMUM WIND GUST
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EF-0        65-85 MPH
EF-1        86-110 MPH
EF-2        111-135 MPH
EF-3        136-165 MPH
EF-4        166-200 MPH
EF-5        OVER 200 MPH

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
735 PM CST Mon Nov 18 2013

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/17/13 TORNADOES IN CLINTON...
FAYETTE...AND EFFINGHAM COUNTIES...CORRECTION...

...CORRECTED FOR EVENT DATE...

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED TWO TORNADOES ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS DURING THE LATE MORNING/EARLY
AFTERNOON HOURS OF SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17TH 2013.

.BREESE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             11/17/13
START TIME:             17:47 UTC (11:47 PM CST)
START LOCATION:         7 NORTH BREESE
START LAT/LON:          38.7097/-89.5174

END DATE:               11/17/13
END TIME:               17:48 UTC (11:48 PM CST)
END LOCATION:           38.7119/-89.5113
END_LAT/LON:            7 NORTH-NORTHEAST BREESE

A WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
JAMESTOWN ROAD AND LOW BRIDGE ROAD AND MOVED EAST
NEARLY A HALF MILE BEFORE DISSIPATING. IT DESTROYED A
GARAGE, REMOVED SHINGLES FROM A HOUSE, DESTROYED A
POLE BARN AND SNAPPED A NUMBER OF LARGE TREES. THIS
TORNADO WAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY NUMEROUS PEOPLE.

.ST. ELMO TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  11.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             11/17/13
START TIME:             18:22 UTC (12:22 PM CST)
START LOCATION:         4.6 SOUTHWEST OF ST. ELMO
START LAT/LON:          38.9965/-88.9290

END DATE:               11/17/13
END TIME:               18:32 UTC (12:32 PM CST)
END LOCATION:           6.9 NORTHEAST OF ST. ELMO
END_LAT/LON:            39.0123/-88.7661

A STRONG TORNADO DEVELOPED BETWEEN HIGHWAY 40 AND INTERSTATE 70
ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ST. ELMO. THE TORNADO DESTROYED A
BARN, DEPOSITING DEBRIS DOWNSTREAM INTO THE ADJACENT OPEN FIELD.
THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 40 DAMAGING A FEW
OUTBUILDINGS AND SILOS ON A FARMSTEAD. THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED
AND GREW IN SIZE AS IT MOVED JUST TO THE WEST OF ST. ELMO.
HERE IT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THREE HOMES AND SEVERE
DAMAGE/COMPLETE DESTRUCTION TO NUMEROUS OUTBUILDINGS. TWO OF
THE HOUSES WERE MOVED FROM THEIR FOUNDATIONS. THIS DAMAGE WAS
RATED EF2.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST TOWARD THE ST. ELMO GOLF CLUB,
CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO TREES AND DESTROYING A GARAGE AND
TWO OUTBUILDINGS AT A RESIDENCE LOCATED ON ST. ELMO COUNTRY
CLUB ROAD.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST CROSSING COUNTY HIGHWAY 2150,
COUNTY ROAD 2300, ILLINOIS HIGHWAY 128 (FAYETTE/EFFINGHAM
COUNTY LINE), AND FINALLY DISSIPATING JUST NORTHEAST OF THE
INTERSECTION OF NORTH 200TH STREET AND EAST 1300TH AVENUE.
MOST OF THE DAMAGE OBSERVED ALONG THE REMAINDER OF THE PATH
WAS TO TREES AND SMALL OUTBUILDINGS.

NUMEROUS PEOPLE THAT WERE INTERVIEWED STATED THEY OBSERVED
THE TORNADO FROM ST. ELMO.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
741 PM CST Mon Nov 18 2013

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/17/13 TORNADO EVENT - UPDATE 1...

THE FOLLOWING IS THE COMPLETE DAMAGE SURVEY FOR NORTHERN WASHINGTON
COUNTY.  IT NOW APPEARS TWO SEPARATE FUNNELS PRODUCED DAMAGE ACROSS
THE AREA.

.TORNADO 1...

RATING:                 EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    AT LEAST 166 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  10.6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             2
INJURIES:               2

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             1204 PM
START LOCATION:         4.4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEW MINDEN
                        38.42/-89.45

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               1213 PM
END LOCATION:           2.6 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF HOYLETON
                        38.48/-89.27

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED NEAR INTERSTATE 64...ABOUT 4.4
MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEW MINDEN...BLOWING A TRACTOR TRAILER OFF THE
INTERSTATE AND CAUSING MINOR INJURIES TO THE DRIVER.   THE TORNADO
THEN BEGAN MOVING TOWARDS NEW MINDEN.

THE WORST DAMAGE WAS A FEW MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEW MINDEN...WHERE A
SMALL FARM SUSTAINED A DIRECT HIT. THE OUTBUILDINGS AND BARNS SUSTAINED
VARYING DEGREES OF DAMAGE...BUT THE HOMESTEAD WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED
WITH ONLY THE FOUNDATION REMAINING.   THE DAMAGE AT THE HOMESTEAD WAS
RATED EF-4...AND 2 FATALITIES OCCURRED AT THIS LOCATION.

THE TORNADO THEN RACED NORTHEAST...HITTING NEW MINDEN...AND PRODUCING
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE LUTHERAN CHURCH AND TO SEVERAL HOMES JUST
NORTHWEST OF THE CHURCH.  DAMAGE TO THE TWO HOMES WAS RATED AS EF-3.

THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST...PRODUCING SPORATIC DAMAGE TO
JUST NORTH OF HOYLETON.  A FARM 2 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF HOYLETON
SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE...AS DID A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOME 2 MILES
NORTH OF HOYLETON.   DAMAGE AT THESE TWO LOCATIONS WAS RATED AS EF-2.

AFTER DAMAGING THE HOME NORTH OF HOYLETON...THE FIRST TORNADO VEERED
A BIT NORTHWEST AND DISSIPATED.

.TORNADO 2...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95-100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50-100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             NOV 17 2013
START TIME:             1214 PM
START LOCATION:         3 MILES NORTHEAST OF HOYLETON
                        38.48/-89.24

END DATE:               NOV 17 2013
END TIME:               1218
END LOCATION:           3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CENTRALIA
                        38.51/-89.17

AS THE FIRST FUNNEL DISSIPATED...A SECOND FUNNEL DEVELOPED ABOUT
1 MILE TO THE EAST.  THIS SECOND VORTEX PRODUCED SPORATIC DAMAGE FOR
NEARLY 5 MILES.  MUCH OF THIS DAMAGE IN THE EF-0 TO EF-1 RANGE...
WITH THE MOST WIDESPREAD DAMAGE OCCURRING NEAR THE FLYING M RANCH...
3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY LIMITS OF CENTRALIA.   THIS SECOND
TORNADO DISSIPATED ONLY 3/4 MILES WEST OF A LARGE MOBILE HOME PARK
IN WAMAC.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

$$

BROWNING/KRAMPER/PRZYBYLINSKI/TRUETT
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PNSPAH
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
515 PM CST WED NOV 20 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS...

 * EVENT TYPE.........EF1 TORNADO

 * EVENT DATE.........SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 * EVENT TIME.........102 PM

 * EVENT LOCATION.....1.5 NE OF OPDYKE

 * PEAK WIND..........107 MPH

 * MAX PATH WIDTH.....25 YARDS

 * PATH LENGTH........0 MILES

 * INJURIES...........0

 * FATALITIES.........0

 * DAMAGE DETAIL......BRIEF TOUCHDOWN ON THE NORTH SIDE OF
INTERSTATE 64. SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED.

SURVEYED BY SPODEN AND LUDINGTON
$$

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
510 PM CST WED NOV 20 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR WABASH COUNTY ILLINOIS...

 * EVENT TYPE.........EF2 TORNADO

 * EVENT DATE.........SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 * EVENT TIME.........144 PM - 154 PM

 * EVENT LOCATION.....7 N OF BELLMONT TO 3 S ALLENDALE

 * PEAK WIND..........127 MPH

 * MAX PATH WIDTH.....225 YARDS

 * PATH LENGTH........10 MILES

 * INJURIES...........1

 * FATALITIES.........0

 * DAMAGE DETAIL......4 HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE
DESTROYED. ONE MOBILE HOME WAS THROWN ACROSS THE ROAD AND THE FRAME
WAS WRAPPED AROUND A TREE. ONE WOMEN INSIDE WAS INJURED. ANOTHER
NEARBY MOBILE HOME WAS TURNED ON ITS SIDE. ONE HOME HAD PART OF THE
ROOD LIFTED OFF. GARAGE OF THE RESIDENCE WAS DESTROYED BUT MOST OF
THE ARTICLES INSIDE WERE LEFT UNHARMED. DEBRIS FROM THIS RESIDENCE
WAS THROWN SEVERAL HUNDRED YARDS. SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS WERE
DESTROYED.

SURVEYED BY SPODEN AND LUDINGTON
$$

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PNSPAH
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
503 PM CST WED NOV 20 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR WAYNE/EDWARDS COUNTY ILLINOIS...

TORNADO #1

 * EVENT TYPE.........EF2 TORNADO

 * EVENT DATE.........SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 * EVENT TIME.........129 PM - 136 PM

 * EVENT LOCATION.....7 NW OF ALBION TO 6 NE OF ALBION

 * PEAK WIND..........130 MPH

 * MAX PATH WIDTH.....300 YARDS

 * PATH LENGTH........8 MILES

 * INJURIES...........0

 * FATALITIES.........0

 * DAMAGE DETAIL......MAIN DAMAGE WAS TO TREES WITH NUMEROUS ONES
SNAPPED. A NEW ADDITION TO A HOUSE DESTROYED. ATTACHED GARAGE
DESTROYED WITH 2 VEHICLES TURNED 180 DEGREES. TWO OTHER 100 YEAR OLD
BARNS...STILL IN USE...TOTALLY DESTROYED. SEVERAL 100 YEAR OLD TREES
SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG BONE GAP ROAD. OTHER RESIDENCES IN THE
AREA HAD MINOR DAMAGE.

SURVEYED BY SPODEN AND LUDINGTON
$$
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PNSPAH
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100-107>112-114-210400-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
506 PM CST WED NOV 20 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR WAYNE/EDWARDS COUNTY ILLINOIS...

TORNADO #2

 * EVENT TYPE.........EF2 TORNADO

 * EVENT DATE.........SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 * EVENT TIME.........130 PM - 135 PM

 * EVENT LOCATION.....6 NW OF ALBION TO 4 N OF ALBION

 * PEAK WIND..........112 MPH

 * MAX PATH WIDTH.....100 YARDS

 * PATH LENGTH........5 MILES

 * INJURIES...........0

 * FATALITIES.........0

 * DAMAGE DETAIL......THIS TORNADO WHICH TRAVELED JUST SOUTH OF THE
FIRST TORNADO DESTROYED 2 MACHINE SHEDS AND A BARN WITH A HIP ROOF.
SEVERAL TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG THE PATH. MORE THAN ONE EYEWITNESS
TO 2 TORNADOES ON THE GROUND AT THE SAME TIME.

SURVEYED BY SPODEN AND LUDINGTON
$$

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PNSPAH
ILZ075>078-080>094-INZ081-082-085>088-KYZ001>022-MOZ076-086-087-
100-107>112-114-201900-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1030 AM CST WED NOV 20 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR WAYNE COUNTY ILLINOIS...

 * EVENT TYPE.........EF2 TORNADO

 * EVENT DATE.........SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 * EVENT TIME.........108 PM - 120 PM

 * EVENT LOCATION.....SIMS TO FAIRFIELD

 * PEAK WIND..........134 MPH

 * MAX PATH WIDTH.....150 YARDS

 * PATH LENGTH........10 MILES

 * INJURIES...........0

 * FATALITIES.........0

 * DAMAGE DETAIL......TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF
SIMS. QUICKLY INTENSIFIED AND DESTROYED A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME ON
THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF SIMS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND
CROSSED HIGHWAY 15...PRODUCING TREE AND POWER POLE DAMAGE. THE
TORNADO MOVED EAST AND MOVED ACROSS THE WAYNE COUNTY
LANDFILL...DAMAGING THE BUILDING ON THE GROUNDS. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED INTO THE NORTH SIDE OF FAIRFIELD AND PRODUCED MAINLY MINOR
DAMAGE TO HOMES.

SURVEYED BY SPODEN AND LUDINGTON
$$

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PNSPAH
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100-107>112-114-201230-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTION TO PATH LENGTH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
625 PM CST TUE NOV 19 2013

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR MCCRACKEN, MASSAC, POPE, LIVINGSTON,
AND LYON COUNTIES...

NOTE: THIS DAMAGE TRACK STARTS IN KENTUCKY, PASSES THROUGH ILLINOIS,
AND ENDS IN KENTUCKY. SURVEY IS NOW COMPLETE.

 * EVENT TYPE.........EF3 TORNADO

 * EVENT DATE.........SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 * EVENT TIME.........205 PM-256 PM

 * EVENT LOCATION.....WOODVILLE KY TO 3 MILES NW OF EDDYVILLE KY

 * PEAK WIND..........145 MPH

 * MAX PATH WIDTH.....500 YARDS (AVERAGE WIDTH APPROX. 225 YARDS)

 * PATH LENGTH........42 MILES

 * INJURIES...........13 PLUS

 * FATALITIES.........3

 * DAMAGE DETAIL......IN MCCRACKEN COUNTY: ABANDONED MOBILE HOME
DEMOLISHED, UNDERCARRIAGE REMAINED. MANY HOUSES HAD DAMAGE TO
SHINGLES AND SIDING. SOME METAL ROOFS SLIGHTLY DAMAGED. WOODEN FENCE
RIPPED FROM GROUND. CHAIN LINK FENCES BLOWN OVER. TREES UPROOTED OR
SNAPPED OFF, SOME STRIKING HOMES. CHURCH FOYER DESTROYED. ROAD SIGNS
BENT. DAMAGE RATED EF-0/EF-1. AT USEC, THREE METAL ROLL-UP DOORS ON
MAIN PROCESSING BUILDING BLOWN IN ON WINDWARD SIDE. THIS CAUSED SOME
WALL PANELS ON THE LEEWARD SIDE OF THE LARGE BUILDING TO BLOW OUT.
THE TOPS OF THREE STEEL POWER TRANSMISSION TOWERS BENT OVER. A FEW
POWER LINES SNAPPED. COOLING TOWER SHROUDS BLOWN OFF; SOME SIDING ON
ONE COOLING TOWER DAMAGED. TRAIN CAR COVERS BLOWN OFF. ONE SPORT
UTILITY VEHICLE SHOVED 30 YARDS INTO A DITCH, ACROSS THE TORNADO
PATH. DAMAGE AT USEC RATED EF-2.

IN MASSAC COUNTY: DOZENS OF MOBILE HOMES DESTROYED, MANY BLOWN 100
FEET OR MORE. ONE HOME LEVELLED WITH DOZENS OF HOMES, GARAGES,
STORAGE BUILDINGS, BUSINESSES AND OTHER BUILDINGS STRUCTURALLY
DAMAGED. SEVERAL CARS AND A SCHOOL BUS TOSSED AROUND. AT LEAST
HUNDREDS OF TREES SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. DAMAGE WAS IN BROOKPORT AND
ALONG AND NORTH OF UNIONVILLE ROAD TO THE OHIO RIVER SOUTHWEST OF
HAMLETSBURG, AND RATED EF-3.

IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY: SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED. DAMAGE
RATED EF-1/EF-2.

IN LYON COUNTY: DAMAGE WAS PRIMARILY UPROOTED TREES, AND RATED
EF-0/EF-1.

$$
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PNSILX
ILZ027>031-036>038-040>057-061>063-066>068-071>073-201415-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
811 PM CST Tue Nov 19 2013

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/17/13 TORNADO EVENT...

.GARRETT TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  7.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   QUARTER MILE
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START TIME:             1232 PM CST
START LOCATION:         5.4 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF ATWOOD

END TIME:               1240 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 MILES EAST OF ATWOOD

.VILLA GROVE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    140 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  15 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   QUARTER MILE
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START TIME:             1246 PM CST
START LOCATION:         6.4 MILES WEST OF VILLA GROVE

END TIME:               1258 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF BROADLAND

.WESTVILLE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    130 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  18 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   QUARTER MILE
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START TIME:             105 PM CST
START LOCATION:         4 MILES NORTHWEST OF SIDELL

END TIME:               119 PM CST
END LOCATION:           4.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF WESTVILLE

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

$$

AUTEN/SCHAFFER/HANSING/PARR
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
1045 AM CST TUE NOV 19 2013

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/17/13 TORNADO EVENT
   - UPDATE 1 ...

.UPDATE...

.GIFFORD TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    140 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  28.7 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   QUARTER MILE
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               6 MINOR

START TIME:             1245 PM CST
START LOCATION:         2 MILES EAST OF THOMASBORO

END TIME:               114 PM CST
END LOCATION:           3.5 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF EAST LYNN

SURVEY_SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO TRACKED FARTHER THAN THE INITIAL SURVEY INDICATED,
AS AN ADDITIONAL SURVEY BY THE CHICAGO NWS OFFICE FOUND THE STORM
CONTINUED INTO IROQUOIS COUNTY.

THE ADDITIONAL TORNADO TRACK IN VERMILION COUNTY WENT FROM 2 MILES
SOUTH OF EAST LYNN TO THE VERMILION/IROQUOIS COUNTY BORDER, 3.5 MILES
EAST NORTHEAST OF EAST LYNN.  IT THEN CONTINUED ABOUT ONE ADDITIONAL
MILE INTO IROQUOIS COUNTY, LIFTING 3.6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WELLINGTON.
THE TOTAL TONNADO PATH ON THE GROUND WAS 29.7 MILES.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH*

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

$$
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NOUS43 KILX 190220
PNSILX
ILZ027>031-036>038-040>057-061>063-066>068-071>073-191430-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
820 PM CST Mon Nov 18 2013

...Preliminary NWS Damage Survey for 11/17/13 Tornado Event...

.Pekin Tornado...

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 mph
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 yards
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               10

START TIME:             1052 am cst
START LOCATION:         1.25 west northwest of Pekin

END TIME:               1054 am cst
END LOCATION:           2.25 north northeast of Pekin

.Washington Tornado...

RATING:                 EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    around 190 mph
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  34.5 miles
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1/2 mile wide
FATALITIES:             1
INJURIES:               122

START TIME:             1059 am cst
START LOCATION:         2.4 miles southeast of East Peoria

END TIME:               1134 am cst
END LOCATION:           1.5 miles north of Minonk

SURVEY_SUMMARY:
The tornado initially developed over the southeast portion of East Peoria,
and then headed northeast. It reached a maximum intensity of EF-4 as it
entered the city of Washington.  It then continued northeast, moving into
Woodford county, reaching the Woodford/LaSalle county border, a total
of 34.5 miles.

The tornado then continued northeast into LaSalle county, and then
Livingston county, finally diminshing 2 miles east of Long Point in
Livingston county. The track length in LaSalle/Livingston was
11.7 miles.  The total tornado path on the ground was 46.2 miles.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

$$

Bak/Stanley/Goetsch/Miller
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
823 AM CST Mon Nov 18 2013

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 11/17/13 TORNADO EVENT..

.OVERVIEW...A brief, preliminary damage survey was done in
the City of Washington, Illinois in Tazewell County during
the evening of November 17th. A survey team from the NWS
Lincoln office will be doing a more complete survey of the
damage today.

At this time, there is one confirmed fatality. Many media
reports are indicating three. However, these reports are
confusing the fact that two fatalities also occurred in
Washington COUNTY near the town of New Minden, IL. See
www.weather.gov/LSX for information about this from the
St. Louis, MO NWS office.

.Washington, IL...

PRELIMINARY RATING:     EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    170-190 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  Not determined at this time
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   Not determined at this time
FATALITIES:             1 confirmed
INJURIES:               75 (estimated)

START DATE:             Nov 17 2013
START TIME:             11:05 am CST

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

$$

Miller

Washington IL EF-4 Strongest on Record in November for Illinois

Based on the evidence so far, the Washington IL EF-4 tornado is the strongest November tornado on record for Illinois since modern records began in 1950. 

The EF-3 tornado in Gifford is possibly only the third tornado of that magnitude since 1950.

One of the other EF-3 tornadoes occurred on November 15, 1988, in Madison and St. Clair Counties. The other EF-3 tornado occurred on November 19, 1991 in Marion (Williamson County). There is some confusion about this event. While it is listed as an EF-3 in the NOAA Storm Prediction Center database, the Marion History Preservation site stated that at one point the NWS declared it to be a microburst. Another source said it was later decided to be an EF-3 tornado. I am going to consider the Storm Prediction Center database as the final word on that one. 

Using a database from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center, I found 62 tornado reports from 1950 to 2012 for November in Illinois. Here is the breakdown by Enhanced Fujita-scale and the earlier Fujita-scale:

  1. EF-0: 19 cases
  2. EF-1: 23 cases
  3. EF-2: 18 cases
  4. EF-3: 2 cases
  5. EF-4: 0 cases
  6. EF-5: 0 cases

Note #1: older tornadoes were rated using the original Fujita damage scale. In 2007, the NWS has shifted to an Enhanced Fujita damage scale. Even though the damage assessments have changed to include more information, the intent is to still allow comparisons between older and newer tornado events.  For the sake of this post, I am using the term “EF” to refer to tornado strength in both the original and enhanced Fujita scale. 

Note #2: the 62 tornadoes in November for Illinois in this Storm Prediction Center database is lower than the 68 tornadoes in November for Illinois found in an earlier study from 1950-2010 using data from the National Climatic Data Center.

NWS: Washington IL (EF-4), Gifford (EF-3), Pekin (EF-2)

Here is the latest information from the NWS Lincoln office this evening. Job well done.

Some preliminary storm survey results from today:

The Washington tornado was an EF-4, with a peak wind speed of 190 mph. It was on the ground in Tazewell and Woodford Counties for 34.5 miles, then another 11.7 miles through parts of Livingston and LaSalle Counties, for a total of 46.2 miles. It was half mile wide at its greatest point.

The tornado on the north side of Pekin was on the ground for 2.5 miles, and touched down in extreme eastern Peoria County along Illinois route 9 just west of the Illinois River. It was EF-2 strength with peak wind of 120 mph.

The Gifford tornado was rated as an EF-3, with a peak wind of 140 mph. It touched down 2 miles east of Thomasboro in Champaign County, and lifted 2 miles south of East Lynn, with a total path length of 24 miles.

We are working on preliminary mappings, and the survey teams will be headed back out on Tuesday.

November 17, 2013, Tornado Outbreak – Part II

In yesterday’s post, I showed a plot of the number of tornado events in Illinois by month. I redid the figure today to express the monthly distribution as a percentage of the total. We had 2239 events covering the period from 1950 to 2010, considering tornadoes in all EF categories. Here is the breakdown by month showing the highest percentages in April-June, and November with 3 percent of the total.

There is a slightly higher risk of tornadoes in November than in October or December, but it’s just one percentage point higher. And there is another similar bump in August. The takeaway point is that there is a tornado risk in Illinois for every month of the year. You can find more tornado graphs on our ISWS tornado climatology page.

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Tornado tracks for previous tornadoes in November (1950-2010). You can see more maps on our ISWS tornado tracks pageIL-Tornadoes-11