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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
803 PM CDT Wed Apr 4 2018

803 PM CDT Wed Apr 4 2018


.Fayette/Effingham EF2 Tornado...

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    125 mph
Path length /Statute/:  18.25 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             April 04 2018
Start time:             4:20 PM CDT (21:20 UTC)
Start location:         7.3 miles SE of Vandalia IL
Start Lat/Lon:          38.8876/-88.9976

End date:               April 04 2018
End time:               4:41 PM CDT (21:41 UTC)
End location:           3.4 miles NW of Mason IL
End_lat/lon:            38.9785/-88.6797


Fayette County Details...
A strong tornado developed around 7 miles southeast of Vandalia,
Illinois around 4:20 PM CDT and traveled northeast to the
Fayette/Effingham County line by 4:34 PM CDT. The first tornado
damage observed was near the intersection of E1050 Avenue and
N1375 Street where a greenhouse lost portions of its roofing
material and suffered other minor damage. The tornado continued
northeast toward Gatch Lake causing damage to several outbuildings
and one single family residence. The width of the tornado
increased to nearly 100 yards wide and the strength increased from
EF0 to EF1 during this time period. The tornado continued
northeast causing mainly tree damage until it reached a farm along
E1200 Avenue near N1780 Lane. Here a barn and several silos were
destroyed, along with a single wide mobile home. The damage was
rated EF2. Thankfully there were no occupants in the mobile home
at the time of the tornado. The tornado continued northeast
destroying another outbuilding, with the debris being tossed down
wind hundreds of yards into the open field.

The greatest tornado damage occurred to a residence near the
intersection of Illinois Highway 185 and E1250 Avenue. The tornado
destroyed their garage, ripped their roof and southeast walls off
of their home. This damage was also rated EF2 with winds
estimated to be 125 mph.

The tornado began to weaken as it moved northeast only causing
minor damage to an outbuilding and downing trees in a narrow path,
less than a hundred yards wide, to the county line.

Effingham County Details...
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 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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