Macon County Tornadoes of April 2, 2006

Macon County tornadoes

Three tornadoes touched down in Macon County.

The first tornado touched down east of Niantic at 6:30 pm.  It was only on the ground for 1/10 mile, and was 30 yards wide.  It caused no damage.

The second tornado touched down at the same time 1 mile southwest of Macon.  It rapidly increaed in intensity as it moved east-northeast.  A 6600 square foot barn was completey destroyed, 1 mile southeast of Macon.  The debris was blown more than a mile to the northeast.  The tornado then damaged trees and did minor damage to a roof, before dissipating 4 miles east of Macon around 6:34 pm.  This tornado produced F2 damage, with a width of about 300 yards, and a damage track of 4.5 miles.  This tornado originated from the same parent storm as the Taylorville tornado.

A third tornado touched down 1 mile southwest of Elwin, around 6:36 pm.  A shed and trees were damaged, as the tornado tracked to the northeast.  The tornado snapped power poles and damaged trees, as it crossed the far southeast part of Lake Decatur, near Big Creek Park.  The tornado then crossed state route 121, about a quarter mile south of U.S. highway 36.  The tornado damaged the roof of a credit union, and broke a window and signs at a strip mall.  Three people received minor injuries due to flying glass.  The tornado then damaged the roof at Barry's Motorcycle Shop along U.S. highway 36, blowing the debris across the road.  The tornado then snapped trees and damaged a machine shed, before dissipating on the north edge of Long Creek, or one mile south of Decatur Airport around 6:45 pm.  This torndo produced F1 damage, with a maximum width of 150 yards, and a damage track of 7.5 miles.

 


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