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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
517 PM CST Wed Mar 8 2017

517 PM CST Wed Mar 8 2017

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR March 7 2017...
...Macoupin/Montgomery County, Illinois...

.Sawyerville - Benld Tornado...

Rating: EF-1
Estimated peak wind: 105 mph
Path length /Statute/: 13 miles
Path width /Maximum/: 100 yards
Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 1

Start date:             March 7 2017
Start time:             12:50 am CST
Start location:         Sawyerville, Illinois
Start Lat/Lon:          39.0740/-89.8156

End date:               March 7 2017
End time:               1:03 am CST
End location:           2.7 Southeast Litchfield, IL
End_lat/lon:            39.1526/-89.5962

A tornado first formed on the southwest side of Sawyerville, IL
and moved northeast for 13 miles moving into Montgomery County, IL.
One garage in Sawyerville was destroyed damaging two cars inside.
Most damage was to trees and loss of roof covering on homes and
outbuildings. Several power poles were also downed. The tornado
caused similar damage in the Lake Kaho area. The tornado crossed
I-55 Near Panther Creek Road, continued northeast and moving into
Montgomery County. The tornado dissipated southeast of Litchfield
along Flat School Road. After crossing I-55 the damage was more
sporadic and limited to trees and loss of roof covering on farm

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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