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NOUS43 KILX 012246

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
446 PM CST Wed Mar 1 2017


.Washburn, IL Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-3
Estimated peak wind:    150-160 mph
Path length /Statute/:  18.0 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   600 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Feb 28 2017
Start time:             5:26 pm CST
Start location:         3.5 miles West of Washburn / Woodford County / IL
Start Lat/Lon:          40.9128 / -89.3609

End date:               Feb 28 2017
End time:               5:50 pm CST
End location:           0.4 mile East of Rutland / LaSalle County / IL
End_lat/lon:            40.9847 / -89.0370

SURVEY SUMMARY: The tornado began in an open field about 3.5 miles
west of Washburn at 5:26 pm in extreme northern Woodford County,
traveling to the east-northeast at 45 mph. The tornado broke
windows and did roof damage to a house and destroyed several
outbuildings about a mile from its origin.

The tornado widened rapidly to more than one-quarter mile across
and increased in intensity to EF-3 as it destroyed a house about
2.5 miles west of Washburn. One mile to the east the tornado tore
the roof off a house before moving into Washburn. The tornado
damaged 8 houses in Washburn, doing significant damage to roofs,
garages, automobiles and trees.

The tornado continued through extreme southern Marshall county
destroying outbuildings, damaging house roofs and trees as it
widened to about 600 yards wide southeast of La Rose. The tornado
weakened in southeast Marshall County as it crossed Interstate 39
west of Rutland. As the tornado moved into Rutland it damaged
trees and did minor damage to house roofs before dissipating 0.4
of a mile east of Rutland at 5:50 pm.

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

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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