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Tornado #7:  Gifford Tornado (Champaign and Vermilion Counties)

Gifford tornado track

Gifford Tornado

Google Map of the damage survey

Summary:

Rating: EF-3
Peak wind: 140 mph
Touched down: 12:45 pm CST
2 miles east of Thomasboro (Champaign County)
Lifted: 1:15 pm CST
3.6 miles southwest of Wellington (Iroquois County)
Path length: 29.7 miles
Path width: 1/2 mile
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 6

 

 

Radar images (click images to enlarge):

Radar image from 12:51 pm This radar image, from 12:51 pm, shows the wind motion within the storms.  In this one, two strong circulations are displayed, as the bright green and bright red shades next to each other.  The northern one, between Rantoul and Gifford, was associated with the EF-3 tornado in that area.  The southern one, along the Champaign/Douglas county line northwest of Villa Grove, was also caused by an EF-3 tornado.
Radar image from 12:56 pm This radar picture from 12:56 pm showed the tornado as it was moving through Gifford. 
Rotational tracks across Champaign and Vermilion Counties.  Photo courtesy of National Severe Storms Laboratory. This image, from the National Severe Storms Laboratory, is a composite of radar rotations associated with this particular severe thunderstorm.  

Photos (click images to enlarge):

Storm damage in Gifford.  Photo by Andy Wycislo
Gifford (photo by Andy Wycislo)

Damage in Gifford.  Photo by Andy Wycislo
Gifford (photo by Andy Wycislo)

Damage in Gifford.  Photo by Andy Wycislo
Gifford (photo by Andy Wycislo)

Damage in Gifford.  Photo by Andy Wycislo
Gifford (photo by Andy Wycislo)

Damage in Gifford.  Photo by Andy Wycislo
Gifford (photo by Andy Wycislo)

Damage in Gifford.  Photo by Andy Wycislo
Gifford (photo by Andy Wycislo)

Scour marks left in farm fields by the tornado near Gifford.  Photo courtesy of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Gifford (photo by Illinois Emergency Management Agency)

Aereal photo of damage in Gifford.  Photo by Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Gifford (photo by Illinois Emergency Management Agency)

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