Bow Echo Causes Widespread Wind Damage
August 4, 2009

Severe weather reports from the morning of August 4.  Click image to enlarge.
Severe weather reports from the morning of August 4.  Click image to enlarge.

A significant wind event occurred across central Illinois the morning of August 4.  Developing in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri around 3 am, a bow echo raced eastward, crossing Illinois between 6 and 11 am.  This caused widespread wind damage, especially in portions of Fulton and Vermilion counties.

The following sequence of radar images shows the progression of this system (click each image to enlarge):

Radar images from the Lincoln (KILX) Doppler radar
Radar image from 6:58 am
6:58 am
Radar image from 8:01 am
8:01 am
Radar image from 8:57 am
8:57 am
Radar image from 9:59 am
9:59 am
Radar image from 11:01 am
11:01 am

Storm Reports:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
1111 PM CDT TUE AUG 04 2009

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0720 AM     TSTM WND DMG     BROOKLYN                40.23N 90.77W
08/04/2009                   SCHUYLER           IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            POWER LINES DOWN IN BROOKLYN...TIME ESTIMATED

0725 AM     HAIL             5 S RANKIN              40.39N 87.90W
08/04/2009  E0.88 INCH       VERMILION          IL   PUBLIC

0730 AM     TSTM WND DMG     RUSHVILLE               40.12N 90.57W
08/04/2009                   SCHUYLER           IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN

0739 AM     TSTM WND DMG     VERMONT                 40.30N 90.43W
08/04/2009                   FULTON             IL   PUBLIC

            *** 1 INJ *** TREE FELL AND INJURED ONE PERSON. NUMEROUS
            TREES SNAPPED OFF AT BASE OR UPROOTED. MULTIPLE TREE
            BRANCHES DOWN THROUGHOUT TOWN. ONE TREE THROWN 80 FEET.
            3/4 OF TOWN HAS TREE DAMAGE.

0743 AM     TSTM WND GST     TABLE GROVE             40.37N 90.42W
08/04/2009  M51.00 MPH       FULTON             IL   MESONET

0755 AM     TSTM WND DMG     2 S PHILADELPHIA        39.89N 90.12W
08/04/2009                   CASS               IL   MESONET

            TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES DOWN

0805 AM     TSTM WND DMG     HAVANA                  40.30N 90.06W
08/04/2009                   MASON              IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            POWERLINES AND LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN...POWERLINES DOWN
            ACROSS MAIN STREET

0810 AM     TSTM WND DMG     HAVANA                  40.30N 90.06W
08/04/2009                   MASON              IL   CO-OP OBSERVER

            18 INCH DIAMETER TREE DOWN IN HAVANA

0816 AM     TSTM WND GST     5 S FAIRVIEW            40.58N 90.19W
08/04/2009  E70.00 MPH       FULTON             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

0817 AM     TSTM WND GST     LONDON MILLS            40.71N 90.27W
08/04/2009  M56.00 MPH       FULTON             IL   MESONET

0820 AM     TSTM WND DMG     CHATHAM                 39.67N 89.70W
08/04/2009                   SANGAMON           IL   NWS EMPLOYEE

            LARGE PART OF BRADFORD PEAR TREE BROKEN OFF DUE TO HIGH
            WINDS...NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR TO NWS EMPLOYEE.

0821 AM     TSTM WND GST     SPRINGFIELD             39.78N 89.64W
08/04/2009  M60.00 MPH       SANGAMON           IL   ASOS

            AT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT...REPORTED BY ASOS

0827 AM     TSTM WND DMG     SPRINGFIELD             39.78N 89.64W
08/04/2009                   SANGAMON           IL   NEWSPAPER

            POWER LINES FELL ONTO VEHICLE...TRAPPING TWO PEOPLE.

0830 AM     TSTM WND DMG     PEKIN                   40.57N 89.63W
08/04/2009                   TAZEWELL           IL   MESONET

            TREE LIMBS DOWN...ESTIMATED 70 MPH WINDS...SWOP REPORT

0835 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LINCOLN                 40.15N 89.37W
08/04/2009                   LOGAN              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREE FELL INTO APARTMENT COMPLEX...STORAGE SHED BLOWN
            OVER IN LINCOLN

0845 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LINCOLN                 40.15N 89.37W
08/04/2009                   LOGAN              IL   NWS EMPLOYEE

            SHINGLES OFF ROOF OF HOUSE

0845 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LINCOLN                 40.15N 89.37W
08/04/2009                   LOGAN              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREE LIMBS DOWN IN LINCOLN...ESTIMATED 50 MPH WINDS

0845 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LINCOLN                 40.15N 89.37W
08/04/2009                   LOGAN              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            POWER LINES ALL OVER LINCOLN...1 LARGE TREE BLOCKING ROAD


0845 AM     TSTM WND DMG     4 N MOUNT PULASKI       40.07N 89.28W
08/04/2009                   LOGAN              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ROUTE 121...4 MILES NORTH OF MOUNT PULASKI IS BLOCKED BY
            A BARN ROOF...BLOWN OFF BY STORM WINDS.

0850 AM     TSTM WND DMG     GERMANTOWN HILLS        40.77N 89.47W
08/04/2009                   WOODFORD           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREE DOWN OVER OLD GERMANTOWN HILLS ROAD

0852 AM     TSTM WND DMG     MORRISONVILLE           39.42N 89.46W
08/04/2009                   CHRISTIAN          IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            POWERLINES DOWN

0855 AM     TSTM WND DMG     TAYLORVILLE             39.52N 89.26W
08/04/2009                   CHRISTIAN          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            20 POWER POLWS DOWN JUST SOUTH OF TAYLORVILLE

0855 AM     HAIL             PEORIA                  40.74N 89.61W
08/04/2009  E0.50 INCH       PEORIA             IL   PUBLIC

0855 AM     TSTM WND DMG     WASHINGTON              40.70N 89.44W
08/04/2009                   TAZEWELL           IL   PUBLIC

            LARGE BRANCHES KNOCKED OUT OF TREES NEAR BEVERLY MANOR
            SCHOOL...TIME ESTIMATED

0900 AM     TSTM WND DMG     CLINTON                 40.15N 88.96W
08/04/2009                   DE WITT            IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREE ACROSS ROUTE 54 NEAR POWER PLANT. LIMBS AND POWER
            LINES DOWN IN CLINTON. TREE LIMBS DOWN ACROSS COUNTY.
            FROM SHERIFF.

0900 AM     TSTM WND DMG     HEYWORTH                40.31N 88.98W
08/04/2009                   MCLEAN             IL   MESONET

            A FEW VERY LARGE TREES DOWN IN TOWN.

0900 AM     TSTM WND DMG     DOWNS                   40.40N 88.87W
08/04/2009                   MCLEAN             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            BIG TREES BLOWN DOWN. NEAR ROUTE 150 AND COUNTY ROADS
            1800E-1900E. FROM COUNTY EMA.

0903 AM     TSTM WND GST     GILSON                  40.87N 90.20W
08/04/2009  M68.00 MPH       KNOX               IL   MESONET

0905 AM     TSTM WND GST     ROANOKE                 40.80N 89.20W
08/04/2009  M64.40 MPH       WOODFORD           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MEASURED AT EMA

0905 AM     TSTM WND GST     1 SE DOWNS              40.39N 88.86W
08/04/2009  M73.00 MPH       MCLEAN             IL   MESONET

0910 AM     TSTM WND DMG     LE ROY                  40.34N 88.76W
08/04/2009                   MCLEAN             IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN. DAMAGE TO HOMES AND
            CARS FROM TREES FALLING. 8 HOUSES DAMAGED. FROM COUNTY
            EMA.

0915 AM     TSTM WND DMG     EL PASO                 40.74N 89.01W
08/04/2009                   WOODFORD           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            LARGE TREE BLOCKING ROAD JUST NORTH OF EL PASO...TREE
            LARGE ENOUGH THAT IT REQUIRES ROAD GRADER TO MOVE...TIME
            ESTIMATED

0915 AM     TSTM WND DMG     HOPEWELL                40.98N 89.46W
08/04/2009                   MARSHALL           IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            60 MPH ESTIMATED WINDS AND TREE LIMBS DOWN

0915 AM     TSTM WND DMG     DECATUR                 39.85N 88.93W
08/04/2009                   MACON              IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN IN TOWN. FROM
            SHERIFF.

0919 AM     TSTM WND GST     MONTICELLO              40.03N 88.57W
08/04/2009  M54.00 MPH       PIATT              IL   MESONET

            SWOP REPORT

0920 AM     HAIL             DANVILLE                40.14N 87.62W
08/04/2009  M0.88 INCH       VERMILION          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

0925 AM     HAIL             3 W FARMER CITY         40.24N 88.70W
08/04/2009  M0.50 INCH       DE WITT            IL   CO-OP OBSERVER

0925 AM     TSTM WND DMG     1 N WHITE HEATH         40.10N 88.50W
08/04/2009                   PIATT              IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LARGE 2 FOOT DIAMETER TREE FELL ON HOUSE. FROM SHERIFF.

0930 AM     HEAVY RAIN       HEYWORTH                40.31N 88.98W
08/04/2009  M1.44 INCH       MCLEAN             IL   MESONET

            RAINFALL IN THE PAST 32 MINUTES...COCORAHS REPORT

0930 AM     TSTM WND GST     MAHOMET                 40.19N 88.40W
08/04/2009  E51.00 MPH       CHAMPAIGN          IL   MESONET

            SWOP REPORT

0939 AM     TSTM WND DMG     WINDSOR                 39.44N 88.60W
08/04/2009                   SHELBY             IL   CO-OP OBSERVER

            TREES AND TREE LIMBS DOWN AROUND WINDSOR...METAL DEBRIS
            FLYING AROUND NEAR HIGH SCHOOL

0940 AM     TSTM WND GST     TOLONO                  39.99N 88.26W
08/04/2009  E60.00 MPH       CHAMPAIGN          IL   MESONET

            ESTIMATED WINDS

0940 AM     TSTM WND DMG     CHAMPAIGN               40.11N 88.26W
08/04/2009                   CHAMPAIGN          IL   BROADCAST MEDIA

            3 INCH TREE LIMBS DOWN IN DOWNTOWN CHAMPAIGN

0942 AM     TSTM WND DMG     SAVOY                   40.06N 88.25W
08/04/2009                   CHAMPAIGN          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            TREES DOWN IN SAVOY

0945 AM     TSTM WND DMG     TRILLA                  39.38N 88.35W
08/04/2009                   COLES              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            2 LARGE TREES UPROOTED

0948 AM     TSTM WND GST     MATTOON                 39.48N 88.37W
08/04/2009  M60.00 MPH       COLES              IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MEASURED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF MATTOON

0950 AM     TSTM WND DMG     2 S NEOGA               39.29N 88.45W
08/04/2009                   CUMBERLAND         IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ROOF DAMAGE CAMP NEW HOPE

0958 AM     TSTM WND GST     MATTOON                 39.48N 88.37W
08/04/2009  M55.00 MPH       COLES              IL   ASOS

            MEASURED AT THE CHARLESTON MATTOON AIRPORT

1005 AM     TSTM WND GST     SIDELL                  39.91N 87.82W
08/04/2009  E65.00 MPH       VERMILION          IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

            ESTIMATED WIND GUST...REPORT VIA EMERGENCY MANAGER

1006 AM     TSTM WND DMG     MATTOON                 39.48N 88.37W
08/04/2009                   COLES              IL   MESONET

            2...4 INCH DIAMETER TREE BRANCHES DOWN...SWOP REPORT

1009 AM     TSTM WND GST     ETNA                    39.39N 88.42W
08/04/2009  E60.00 MPH       COLES              IL   STORM CHASER

            ESTIMATED WIND GUST...WIND TORE 1/4 OF THE TIN OFF A BARN


1010 AM     TSTM WND GST     3 N CATLIN              40.11N 87.71W
08/04/2009  E60.00 MPH       VERMILION          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ESTIMATED WIND GUST...TREES DOWN BLOCKING ROADS 3 MILES
            NORTH OF CATLIN

1010 AM     TSTM WND GST     HOOPESTON               40.47N 87.67W
08/04/2009  E70.00 MPH       VERMILION          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ESTIMATED WIND GUST...NUMEROUS TREES DOWN AND STRUCTURAL
            DAMAGE TO FMC BUILDING ON SOUTH SIDE OF HOOPESTON

1015 AM     TSTM WND DMG     MARTINSVILLE            39.34N 87.88W
08/04/2009                   CLARK              IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN AT I-70 IN MARTINSVILLE

1015 AM     TSTM WND GST     DANVILLE                40.14N 87.62W
08/04/2009  M70.00 MPH       VERMILION          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ESTIMATED WIND...NUMEROUS TREES DOWN IN DANVILLE

1015 AM     TSTM WND DMG     GEORGETOWN              39.98N 87.64W
08/04/2009                   VERMILION          IL   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WIDESPREAD DAMAGE REPORTED AT GEORGETOWN FAIR...TENTS
            DESTROYED AND BUILDINGS DAMAGED...WIND ESTIMATED AT 70
            MPH.

1016 AM     TSTM WND DMG     MARTINSVILLE            39.34N 87.88W
08/04/2009                   CLARK              IL   TRAINED SPOTTER

            3 LARGE TREES SNAPPED. LOCATION IS JUST NORTH...0.5
            MILES...OF MARTINSVILLE.

1020 AM     TSTM WND DMG     MARSHALL                39.40N 87.69W
08/04/2009                   CLARK              IL   CO-OP OBSERVER

            NUMEROUS 6 INCH DIAMETER TREE LIMBS DOWN

1035 AM     TSTM WND DMG     2 E BELLAIR             39.15N 87.91W
08/04/2009                   CRAWFORD           IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TREES DOWN ALONG E 2000TH AVE FROM BELLAIR TO ANNAPOLIS

1045 AM     TSTM WND DMG     ROBINSON                39.01N 87.74W
08/04/2009                   CRAWFORD           IL   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN

1050 AM     TSTM WND DMG     HUTSONVILLE             39.11N 87.66W
08/04/2009                   CRAWFORD           IL   MESONET

            LARGE OF LIMBS AND DEBRIS BLOWN DOWN ACROSS TOWN. FROM
            SWOP OBERVER.

1015 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 N HEYWORTH            40.34N 88.98W
08/04/2009  M2.31 INCH       MCLEAN             IL   MESONET

            TOTAL RAINFALL FROM THIS MORNINGS STORM

Map of Aug 4th 2009 severe weather reports

 


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