May 14 Storm Damage Survey Results in Christian, Macon, Shelby & Vermilion Counties

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
720 PM CDT THU MAY 14 2009

...SUMMARY OF STORM DAMAGE ON MAY 13-14, 2009...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS COMPLETED AN EXTENSIVE
INVESTIGATION OF STORM DAMAGE FOR FOUR AREAS ACROSS CENTRAL
AND EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS FOR THE MAY 13-14, 2009 EVENT.

...IN VERMILION COUNTY...

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FROM VERMILION COUNTY AND CHAMPAIGN
COUNTIES SURVEYED THE DAMAGE SOUTHEAST OF HOMER. HERE ARE THE
RESULTS.

A SMALL...BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 2.5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
HOMER...IN THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF VERMILION COUNTY. THE BRIEF
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS ABOUT 1/4 MILE EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF
COUNTY ROADS 100E AND 1050N. THE PATH LENGTH WAS ONLY ABOUT 100
YARDS LONG AND 50 YARDS WIDE. A LARGE 30 BY 80 FOOT FARM MACHINERY
SHED WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED BY THE STORM...WITH SEVERAL LARGE MAIN
TRANSMISSION POWER POLES BEING SNAPPED.  IN ADDITION...MINOR WIND
DAMAGE WAS DONE TO TWO OTHER MACHINERY SHEDS. THE TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN AROUND 1223 AM...DURING THE EARLY MORNING ON MAY 14...AND WAS
ONLY ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 2 MINUTES. THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF0...
WITH WINDS OF ABOUT 80 MPH.


...IN MACON COUNTY...

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FROM MACON COUNTY SURVEYED DAMAGE IN
THE MOUNT ZION AREA. HERE ARE THE RESULTS.

AN AREA OF STRONG DAMAGING WINDS PRODUCED DAMAGE IN PORTIONS OF THE
MOUNT ZION AREA. ON A NUMBER OF HOMES...DAMAGE OF ROOFING SHINGLES
AND SIDING OCCURRED.  POWER POLES WERE BROKEN OFF. PORTABLE SHEDS...
OR OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED AND THE METAL ROOF OFF A CAR WASH WAS
PEELED BACK.  THE AREA OF THE WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM NORTH
BALTIMORE AVENUE...NORTH OF EAST FLORIAN AVENUE...TO EAST OF
ILLINOIS ROUTE 121...NEAR EAST WOODLAWN LANE.

THE WIND DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY AN AREA OF STRONG DAMAGING WINDS...
CALLED A REAR FLANK DOWNDRAFT. THESE DAMAGING WINDS WERE ROTATING
EASTWARD...LOCATED SOUTH OF A STRONG ROTATING THUNDERSTORM JUST
NORTH OF THE MOUNT ZION AREA. WINDS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE 75 TO
80 MPH RANGE THAT PRODUCED THE WIND DAMAGE...WHICH HIT THE AREA
AROUND 1135 PM ON THE EVENING OF MAY 13.


...IN CHRISTIAN AND SHELBY COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED 1 BRIEF
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN CHRISTIAN COUNTY AND 2 BRIEF TORNADO
TOUCHDOWNS IN SHELBY COUNTY...THAT OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING...MAY
14TH, 2009.

IN CHRISTIAN COUNTY...THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 4 MILES WEST OF PANA
BEGINNING AT 12:04 AM CDT...WITH THE TRACK ENDING 3 MILES WEST
NORTHWEST OF PANA ONE MINUTE LATER. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF1 WITH
MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS OF 90 MPH. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 60 YARDS
AND TRACKED THREE-QUARTERS OF A MILE. A POLE BARN WAS SEVERELY
DAMAGED WITH MINOR DAMAGE TO A BARN. THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE TO A
ROOF ON A HOUSE WITH NUMEROUS TREE TOPS SHEARED OFF.

IN SHELBY COUNTY...THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 2 MILES SOUTH OF
TOWER HILL AND TRACKED EAST ONE HALF MILE TO 2 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST
OF TOWER HILL. THE TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ONE MINUTE...
STARTING AT 12:12 AM CDT. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 40 YARDS AND WAS
RATED AN EF0...WITH MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS OF 80 MPH. A SHED WAS
SEVERELY DAMAGED...WITH FRONT PORCHES OFF SEVERAL HOMES. SHINGLES
WERE TORN OFF HOUSES WITH DAMAGE TO TREES IN THE AREA.

THE SECOND TORNADO IN SHELBY COUNTY OCCURRED 1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF
SHELBYVILLE AT 12:22 AM CDT AND WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ONLY 2
MINUTES. THE TORNADO TRACKED TO THE EAST A MILE AND A QUARTER...TO
ONE HALF MILE SOUTHEAST OF SHELBYVILLE. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 50
YARDS AND WAS RATED AN EF0 WITH MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS OF BETWEEN 70
AND 75 MPH. THERE WERE NUMEROUS SHALLOW ROOTED TREES TORN OR
UPROOTED. A CARPORT WAS DESTROYED WITH PORCHES TORN AWAY FROM HOMES.
2 SMALL METAL SHEDS...WHICH WERE NOT ANCHORED...WERE DESTROYED.

IN ADDITION TO THE 3 BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS...THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE SURVEY TEAM ALSO CONFIRMED THAT A DOWNBURST OCCURRED 4 MILES
WEST-SOUTHWEST OF SHELBYVILLE...STARTING AT 12:18 AM CDT AND ENDED
AT 12:22 AM CDT. THE STORM PATH WAS ONE HALF MILE WIDE AND 3 MILES
LONG WITH THE DAMAGE PATH FROM THE DOWNBURST ENDING ON THE WEST SIDE
OF SHELBYVILLE...NEAR THE HOSPITAL. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DAMAGED ALONG
THE PATH OF THE STORM. PORCHES ON HOMES WERE DAMAGED WITH POWER POLES
DOWN.

ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...
EF0...65-85 MPH
EF1...86-110 MPH
EF2...111-135 MPH
EF3...136-165 MPH
EF4...166-200 MPH
EF5...OVER 200 MPH

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