Regional
3:41 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Two Tornado Touchdowns In Sangamon County Thursday

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has confirmed  at least 7 tornadoes developed in central and east central Illinois  during the late afternoon hours of February 20th.  Two reports of the confirmed  tornadoes were in Sangamon County. An NWS Lincoln damage assessment team is  still out doing surveys on the other tornadoes.
 
 
  .Divernon, IL Tornado (Sangamon County)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-0
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.2 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               0
 
  START DATE:             Feb 20, 2014
  START TIME:             3:43 pm CST
  START LOCATION:         1.7 miles east of Divernon
 
  END DATE:               Feb 20, 2014
  END TIME:               3:44 pm CST
  END LOCATION:           1.9 miles east of Divernon
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: Tornado tore off a barn roof.
 
 
 
  .Mechanicsburg, IL Tornado (Sangamon County)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-1
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  9 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   300 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               0
 
  START DATE:             Feb 20, 2014
  START TIME:             3:57 pm CST
  START LOCATION:         4 miles south of Mechanicsburg
 
  END DATE:               Feb 20, 2014
  END TIME:               4:06 pm CST
  END LOCATION:           2.7 miles west-northwest of Illiopolis
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: Tornado damaged numerous outbuildings, roofs of
  several homes, flipped over a trailer, snapped multiple power poles,
  and damaged numerous trees.

Concord to Arenzville, IL Tornado (Morgan Co. into Cass Co.)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-0
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.6 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               0
 
  START DATE:             Feb 20, 2014
  START TIME:             2:54 pm CST
  START LOCATION:         2.5 miles northwest of Concord
 
  END DATE:               Feb 20, 2014
  END TIME:               3:00 pm CST
  END LOCATION:           2.3 miles east of Arenzville
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: Courtesy of Morgan County Emergency Management Agency.
  No damage reported.
 
 
 
  .Chrisman, IL Tornado (Edgar County)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-0
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    80 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   75 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               0
 
  START DATE:             Feb 20, 2014
  START TIME:             5:43 pm CST
  START LOCATION:         3.4 miles west-southwest of Chrisman
 
  END DATE:               Feb 20, 2014
  END TIME:               5:45 pm CST
  END LOCATION:           2.1 miles west-northwest of Chrisman
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: Courtesy of Edgar County Emergency Management Agency
  and the Chrisman Fire Department. A rain wrapped tornado developed about
  3.4 miles west-southwest of Chrisman. It crossed U.S. Route 36 near 1275th
  and tracked another 1.5 miles, dissipating before it reached 1400th Street.
  No damage was reported.
 

 .PANA, IL TO NORTH OF TOWER HILL, IL TORNADO (CHRISTIAN CO. AND
  SHELBY CO)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-2
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    115 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  12.1 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               1
 
  START DATE:             FEB 20, 2014
  START TIME:             4:20 PM CST
  START LOCATION:         2.8 MILES SOUTH OF PANA
 
  END DATE:               FEB 20, 2014
  END TIME:               4:32 PM CST
  END LOCATION:           3.1 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF WESTERVELT
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: THE TORNADO DEVELOPED WITHIN ONE-QUARTER MILE OF THE
  CHRISTIAN COUNTY LINE, ABOUT 2.8 MILES SOUTH OF PANA. THE TORNADO
  DAMAGED SEVERAL PROPERTIES TO THE SOUTH AND EAST OF PANA, BEFORE IT
  CROSSED THE CHRISTIAN/SHELBY COUNTY LINE ABOUT 3 MILES EAST OF PANA
  AROUND 4:24 PM. THE TORNADO INCREASED IN INTENSITY AFTER IT CROSSED
  INTO WESTERN SHELBY COUNTY, DOING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF
  A HOUSE AND CAUSING ONE MINOR INJURY ABOUT 3 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST
  OF TOWER HILL. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE NORTHEAST, DISSIPATING
  NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTY ROADS 1700 NORTH AND 1200 EAST, OR
  ROUGHLY 3 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF WESTERVELT AT 4:32 PM.
 
 
 
  .FINDLAY, IL TORNADO (SHELBY COUNTY)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-0
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.3 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               0
 
  START DATE:             FEB 20, 2014
  START TIME:             4:39 PM CST
  START LOCATION:         3.3 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF FINDLAY
 
  END DATE:               FEB 20, 2014
  END TIME:               4:40 PM CST
  END LOCATION:           3.1 MILES WEST OF FINDLAY
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: THE FINDLAY FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTED A BRIEF TORNADO
  TOUCHDOWN IN AN OPEN FIELD, JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF
  ILLINOIS ROUTE 128 AND COUNTY ROAD 2100 NORTH. THE TORNADO WAS ON
  THE GROUND FOR A LITTLE OVER ONE-QUARTER MILE AND DISSIPATED. THERE
  WAS NO DAMAGE REPORTED.
 
 
 
  .SHUMWAY, IL TORNADO (EFFINGHAM COUNTY)...
 
  RATING:                 EF-1
  ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
  PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.5 MILES
  PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
  FATALITIES:             0
  INJURIES:               0
 
  START DATE:             FEB 20, 2014
  START TIME:             4:54 PM CST
  START LOCATION:         4 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF SHUMWAY
 
  END DATE:               FEB 20, 2014
  END TIME:               4:56 PM CST
  END LOCATION:           3 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF SHUMWAY
 
  SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN AN OPEN FIELD ABOUT
  4 MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF SHUMWAY. THE TORNADO TRACKED TO THE
  NORTHEAST, AND CROSSED ILLINOIS ROUTE 33 BETWEEN SHUMWAY AND BEECHER
  CITY. THE TORNADO SNAPPED SEVERAL POWER POLES AS IT CROSSED THE
  HIGHWAY. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED IN AN OPEN FIELD ABOUT 3 MILES
  WEST-NORTHWEST OF SHUMWAY.
 
 
  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