Tornado Outbreak of June 5, 2010
Updated June 30, 2010 (added an additional tornado in Peoria county)
 

Tornado touchdown near Yates City.  Photo by Jarrod Cook.

Day 1 convective outlook from Storm Prediction Center, issued 3 pm.

Tornado probabilty graphic from 3 pm convective outlook, courtesy of Storm Prediction Center.

Tornado touchdown near Yates City, IL.  Photo by Jarrod Cook.

Convective outlook from Storm Prediction Center, issued 3 pm.

Tornado outlook from Storm Prediction Center, issued 3 pm.  Blue hatched area indicates a 10% or greater chance of tornadoes at least EF-2 intensity.

(click images to enlarge) 

A total of 19 tornadoes touched down across the northern half of Illinois, the evening of Saturday, June 5.  Damage surveys conducted by NWS offices in Lincoln, Chicago, and the Quad Cities indicated the following tornado intensities:

  • 8 of EF-0 strength (winds estimated less than 85 mph)
  • 4 of EF-1 strength (estimated winds of 86 to 110 mph)
  • 5 of EF-2 strength (estimated winds 111 to 135 mph)
  • 2 of EF-3 strength (estimated winds 136 to 165 mph)

This page details the tornadoes that affected the Lincoln NWS coverage area.  Follow the links below for information in neighboring areas.


Google Maps - Storm Survey
Detailed storm survey tracks, damage descriptions, and corresponding photos along the track, are available on our Storm Survey page for this event

 Radar Base Reflectivity Loop
Click on the globe icon below if you would like to download a zipped .KMZ radar loop (18MB) of this event including tornado tracks.

Tornadoes Affecting Central Illinois:
The following 8 tornadoes affected central Illinois.  Click images to enlarge.

Tornado #1:  Abingdon (Knox County)
Tornado track near Abingdon

EF SCALE:  EF-0 (less than 70 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  3.2 miles northeast of Abingdon at 7:34 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  10 yards

LIFTED:  3.3 miles northeast of Abingdon at 7:35 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  0.1 mile

Tornado #2:  Yates City (Knox County) and Elmwood (Peoria County)
Track of Yates City/Elmwood Tornado EF SCALE:  EF-2 (130 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  4.5 miles west-northwest of Yates City (Knox County) at 7:56 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  50 yards

LIFTED:  1 mile east of Elmwood (Peoria County) at 8:07 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  7.8 miles

Tornado #3:  Oak Hill (Peoria County)
Oak Hill tornado track EF SCALE:  EF-1 (95 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  2.6 miles east of Elmwood at 8:10 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  100 yards

LIFTED:  4.1 miles west-southwest of Kickapoo at 8:18 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  4.9 miles

Tornado #4:  Edwards (Peoria County)
Tornado track near Edwards EF SCALE:  EF-1 (95 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  4 miles west-southwest of Kickapoo at 8:18 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  75 yards

LIFTED:  0.7 miles north of Edwards at 8:24 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  3.9 miles

Tornado #5:  Peoria - Lynnhurst subdivision to Allen Road  (Peoria County)
Peoria County tornado track EF SCALE:  EF-0 (85 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  6.5 miles northwest of downtown Peoria at 8:32 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  100 yards

LIFTED:  5.6 miles north-northwest of downtown Peoria at 8:35 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  2.0 miles

Tornado #6:  Marshall/LaSalle Counties
Marshall/LaSalle County tornado track EF SCALE:  EF-1 (95 mph) -- Marshall County segment only 

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  3.8 miles north-northwest of Wenona (Marshall County) at 8:34 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  100 yards -- Marshall County segment only

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  0.8 mile in Marshall County

This tornado crossed into LaSalle County 3.7 miles north-northwest of Wenona - across I-39,  at 8:35 pm, and continued east through Streator before lifting near the Livingston County border.  Further details are available here (courtesy NWS Chicago).

Tornado #7:  Tazewell/Woodford Counties
Tornado track between Washington and Metamora EF SCALE:  EF-2 (125 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  2.9 miles north of Washington (Tazewell County) at 8:51 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  250 yards

LIFTED:  2.6 miles south-southeast of Metamora (Woodford County) at 8:58 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  3.1 miles

Tornado #8:  Logan/DeWitt Counties

 

Logan/DeWitt County tornado track

EF SCALE:  EF-0 (80 mph)

INITIAL TOUCHDOWN:  3.2 miles west-southwest of Beason (Logan County) at 10:57 pm

MAXIMUM WIDTH:  300 yards

LIFTED:  3.5 miles southeast of Kenney (DeWitt County) at 11:15 pm

TOTAL PATH LENGTH:  12 miles


Radar Images (click to enlarge):

Radar loop of storm progression (2.7 MB)  (click here for larger images, 4.9 MB)

Reflectivity image from 7:34 pm  Storm relative motion image from 7:34 pm

7:34 pm:

Tornado touches down northeast of Abingdon.  While the reflectivity image (left) does not show a well organized structure, the velocity image (right) shows a significant rotation northeast of Abingdon, as indicated by the bright green and bright red shades near each other.

Reflectivity image from 7:57 pm  Storm relative motion image from 7:57 pm

7:57 pm:

These images were taken about 1 minute after a tornado touched down northwest of Yates CIty.  The reflectivity image on left shows the classic "hook echo", while the circulation in the velocity image is stronger than earlier. 

The hook echo began to appear around 7:43 pm, although storm reports and damage surveys did not show any tornado occurring between 7:35 and 7:56 pm.

Reflectivity image from 8:01 pm  Storm relative motion image from 8:01 pm

8:01 pm:

The tornado is just north of Yates City, and is close to crossing the border into Peoria County.

Reflectivity image from 8:06 pm  Storm relative motion image from 8:06 pm

8:06 pm:

The tornado is moving through Elmwood, and will lift 1 minute later.  The hook echo persists.  The higher reflectivities on the tip of the hook (red pixels directly over Elmwood in the left image) is likely being caused by debris being detected by the radar.

Reflectivity image from 8:11 pm  Storm relative motion image from 8:11 pm

8:11 pm:

A new tornado has touched down 1 minute earlier, about 2.6 miles east of Elmwood. 

Reflectivity image from 8:15 pm  Storm relative motion image from 8:15 pm

8:15 pm:

The tornado remains on the ground between Elmwood and Kickapoo, and will lift 3 minutes after these images were taken.

Reflectivity image from 8:20 pm  Storm relative motion image from 8:20 pm

8:20 pm:

The previous tornado has lifted, and a new tornado touches down 4 miles west-southwest of Kickapoo at 8:18 pm.  The radar still shows strong rotation (right image) and a hook echo (left image).

Reflectivity image from 8:24 pm  Storm relative motion image from 8:24 pm

8:24 pm:

The tornado lifts just north of Edwards at this time.  While a strong rotation is still indicated, the hook echo is losing its structure.



June 5th Tornado Outbreak Photo Gallery 


  
Near Yates City, IL


Damage near Yates City

  
Photo taken by Amelia Schultz Near Elmwood, IL


Damage in Elmwood

  

Photo courtesy of Barb Kirsch - wall cloud east of Abingdon Saturday evening June 5th Photo courtesy of Jarrod Cook of a wall cloud between Maquon & Yates City June 5th Photo courtesy of Jarrod Cook of EF2 Tornado near Yates City June 5 Photo courtesy of Jarrod Cook of EF2 Tornado near Yates City Saturday Evening June 5 Photo courtesy of Barb Kirsch. Tornado just prior to impacting Elmwood, IL.
Photo courtesy of Jarrod Cook of EF2 Tornado & Lightning just north of Yates City June 5 Photo courtesy of Jarrod Cook of EF2 Tornado north of Yates City June 5. Photo courtesty of Jarrod Cook of EF2 Tornado north of Yates City June 5.  Photo courtesty of Amelia Schultz of EF2 Tornado in Elmwood June 5. Photo courtest of Jarrod Cook. Damage north of Yates City from EF2 Tornado Jun 5.
EF2 tornado damage in downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees James Auten & Pat Bak  EF2 tornado damage in downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten  EF2 Tornado Damage in downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten  EF2 Tornado Damage in downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten  EF2 Tornado Damage in downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF2 tornado struck Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado struck downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado struck downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten  EF2 Tornado Damage in downtown Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten  EF2 Tornado Damage in Elmwood by the Water Tower. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF2 tornado struck Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 Tornado Damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 Tornado Damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 Tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage to a house in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage to a house by pool in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 Tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage to a house in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage to houses in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 Tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage to a house in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage to house & tree in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood, board through roof. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 Tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten EF2 tornado damage in Elmwood. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
Tornado damage. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten Tornado damage. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten Tornado damage at a farm. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten Tornado damage at a farm. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten Tornado damage of a barn. Photo by NWS employees Pat Bak & James Auten
EF1 tornado damage at a house north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage at house north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage at house north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage at a farm north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage with spruce tree pierced through garage wall. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl
EF1 tornado damage at a house north of Washington with a spruce pierced through an upstairs bedroom wall. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage of a Morton Building north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage of a Morton Building north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 tornado damage of a twisted spruce tree north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF2 Tornado damage of a farm house north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl
EF2 tornado damage at a farm house & garage north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF2 Tornado damage at farmstead north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF1 Tornado damage at a farmstead north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF2 Tornado damage at a farmstead north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl EF2 Tornado damage at a farmstead north of Washington. Photo by NWS employees Chris Miller & Kirk Huettl
Tornado damage near Brimfield. Photo by Ann French Tornado damage near Brimfield. Photo by Ann French Tornado damage near Brimfield. Photo by Ann French Tornado damage near Brimfield. Photo by Ann French Tornado damage near Brimfield. Photo by Ann French
Tornado east of Elmwood. Photo by Ann French  Tornado 0.75 mile west of Yates City around 8 pm June 5. Photo by storm chasers Scott Sims and Brad Emel  Tornado 0.75 mile west of Yates City around 8 pm June 5. Photo by storm chasers Scott Sims and Brad Emel    

Map of June 5th 2010 severe weather reports

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