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.

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