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June 14, 1974 F3 Tornado

 

 On June 14, 1974, a tornado touched down in southern Rock Island County and continued through Mercer and Warren counties before ending in northern Knox County.  This tornado took an erratic path as it traveled a total of 53 miles and caused 2 injuries.  The most intense damage path, rated F3 in intensity, occurred in Knox County and extended from approximately 7 miles north to 10 miles south of Abingdon, IL.  In Abingdon, the damage resulted in about 200 homes being damaged or destroyed.  Total storm damages were estimated at more than $2 million.


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