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NOUS43 KILX 050012

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
712 PM CDT Wed Apr 4 2018


.OVERVIEW...A tornado crossed from eastern Fayette County into
Effingham County April 3rd at 434 pm CDT. The tornado did EF-1
damage in southwest Effingham County. It remained on the ground
for more than 7 miles and dissipated at 441 pm CDT 3.4 miles
northwest of Mason, Illinois.

The Fayette County portion of the tornado was rated an EF-2. For
more information about the Fayette County portion of this
tornado see the Public Information Statement issued by the
NWS St. Louis weather office.

.Southwest Effingham County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    110 mph
Path length /Statute/:  7.4 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             Apr 03 2018
Start time:             4:34 pm CDT
Start location:         8 miles west-northwest Edgewood, IL
Start Lat/Lon:          38.9394 N / -88.8065 W

End date:               Apr 03 2018
End time:               4:41 pm CDT
End location:           3.4 miles northwest Mason, IL
End_lat/lon:            38.9785 N / -88.6797 W

SURVEY_SUMMARY: About one-half mile east-northeast of where the tornado
entered Effingham County, it destroyed 5 outbuildings, a large grain bin,
and a garage. It also damaged windows to a home and an automobile. About
2.5 miles to the east-northeast, the tornado damaged trees, the roof and
windows of an outbuilding, and tipped over a camper. Two miles farther
downstream, the tornado destroyed one outbuilding and damaged trees and
two additional outbuildings. Roughly one mile to the east-northeast, the
tornado appeared to briefly strengthen as it uprooted trees and destroyed
a barn and two outbuildings. The tornado dissipated then dissipated about
a minute later, 3.4 miles northwest of Mason, IL.

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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