Damage survey results for Sangamon and Lawrence Co. March 8 storms

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
432 PM CDT MON MAR 9 2009

...TORNADO AND WIND DAMAGE SURVEYED IN SANGAMON COUNTY IN CENTRAL
ILLINOIS...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED THAT ONE
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN SANGAMON COUNTY NEAR THE TOWN OF LOAMI ON
SUNDAY MORNING...MARCH 8 2009.

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOAMI IN
A FIELD AT AROUND 1132 AM CDT. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND DID
DAMAGE TO THREE HOMES AND ONE MOBILE HOME. TWO OF THE HOMES HAD
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS AND SIDING. MANY HEDGE ROW TREES
WERE ALSO SNAPPED...UPROOTED AND DAMAGED IN THIS AREA. THE MOBILE
HOME HAD ROOFING DAMAGE AS WELL. THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS
RATED EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS AT ROUND 100
MPH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST DAMAGING MORE TREES AND
A LARGE GARAGE/WORKSHOP. ONE WOMAN WAS INJURED IN HER HOUSE AS IT
WAS DAMAGED BY THE TORNADO. SHE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND RECEIVED
SOME STITCHES FOR BEING HIT BY SOME FLYING DEBRIS.

THE TORNADO THEN DAMAGED ANOTHER HOUSE 3 MILES WEST OF LOAMI WHERE
IT DAMAGED SOME OF THE SIDING AND DESTROYED SEVERAL GARAGES AND
MORTON BUILDINGS. THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS RATED EF1 ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 90-100 MPH. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND DESTROYED A HAY BARN.

AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST IT HIT ANOTHER HOMESTEAD WHERE IT
DID SOME MINOR DAMAGE TO THE HOUSE...DESTROYED MANY OUTBUILDINGS AND
SHEDS AND DID MUCH TREE DAMAGE. A BARN ON THE PROPERTY COLLAPSED
WHILE THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY WAS INSIDE TRYING TO FREE SOME OF
THE HORSES. THE OWNER WAS INJURED AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. HE
WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS RATED EF1
ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 100 MPH. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND THEN DISSIPATED ABOUT ONE MILE NORTH
OF LOAMI.

TOTAL LENGTH...6 MILES...CONTINUOUS
WIDTH...50-200 YARDS
MAX DAMAGE RATING...EF1..100 MPH.

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

THE STORM THAT PRODUCED THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST AND
PRODUCED WIND DAMAGE ON THE WEST SIDE OF SPRINGFIELD AND THROUGH THE
NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO MINOR
ROOFING AND SIDING DAMAGE TO LOTS OF TREE DAMAGE. HOWEVER...ONE OF
THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WAS AN APARTMENT COMPLEX AT THE CORNER OF WEST
JEFFERSON AND BRUNS LANE. HERE...A LARGE TREE WAS UPROOTED AT THE
FRONT OF THE COMPLEX AND PARTS OF THE ROOF OF ONE BUILDING WAS
RIPPED UP AND THROWN INTO THE PARKING LOT BEHIND THE BUILDING TO THE
NORTHEAST. ONE THING OF NOTE WAS THIS ROOF WAS FLAT AND DID NOT HAVE
ANY OVERHANG. THE RIPPED OFF ROOF DAMAGED SEVERAL CARS IN THE
PARKING LOT. NORTHEAST OF THE APARTMENTS...THERE WERE NUMEROUS TREES
DAMAGED BEHIND THE JANE ADDAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. EVEN THOUGH THE
DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED
THE TORNADO...THIS DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A DOWNBURST FROM THE
STORM. WIND SPEEDS AT THIS LOCATION ARE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND
90-100 MPH.

ADDITIONAL TREE AND MINOR ROOFING DAMAGE WAS SCATTERED ACROSS THE
REST OF NORTHERN SPRINGFIELD AND FURTHER NORTHEAST AROUND SPAULDING
AND EAST OF WILLIAMSVILLE. ALL OF THIS DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF
THUNDERSTORM STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
811 PM CDT MON MAR 9 2009

...TORNADO AND WIND DAMAGE SURVEYED IN LAWRENCE AND RICHLAND
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN LAWRENCE COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON...MARCH 8
2009.

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 1 MILE NE OF THE LAWRENCEVILLE
AIRPORT AT 1:43 PM CDT AND TRACKED 4.5 MILES NORTHEAST TO 1 MILE
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF RUSSELLVILLE AT THE WABASH RIVER AT 1:48 PM CDT.
THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 100 YARDS WITH AN EF1 RATING (MAX WIND SPEED
OF 90 TO 95 MPH).

THERE WAS DAMAGE TO TREES FOR THE FIRST MILE. THE TORNADO DESTROYED
A GRAIN BIN AND SEVERELY DAMAGED A SMALL POLE BARN. 2 MOBILE HOMES
WERE DAMAGED AND A OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED. THERE WAS A HOME
THAT HAD A MODERATE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE OCCUR FROM THE TORNADO AS WELL.
20 IRRIGATION UNITS WERE DESTROYED ALONG THE PATH WITH A BARN DESTROYED
JUST WEST OF ILLINOIS ROUTE 33.

LAWRENCE COUNTY TORNADO SUMMARY...

TOTAL PATH LENGTH...4.5 MILES LONG
WIDTH...100 YARDS
MAX DAMAGE RATING...EF1...90-95 MPH

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

IN RICHLAND COUNTY (REPORTED BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY EMA)

THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED IN PARKERSBURG WHERE A ROOF WAS
TORN OFF A TRAILER. IN ADDITION...A POLE BARN WAS DESTROYED 3 MILES
WEST OF SUMNER.

Storm damage in Lawrence County on March 8

Severe weather affected portions of central and southeast 
Illinois on Sunday, March 8.  This particular image was taken
in Lawrence County.  Damage in portions of Lawrence and 
Sangamon Counties was due to tornado touchdowns.

...Summary of High Wind Event on Sunday Mar 8, 2009...

A strong cold front rapidly swept east across the state around midday Sunday, as low pressure deepened and tracked from northern Missouri to northeast Illinois.  Very strong wind fields aloft and ample heat and humidity flowing up from the south led to severe thunderstorm development along the frontal boundary.  Numerous reports of wind damage were received across central and southeast Illinois, with trees and powerlines down, along with some reports of structural damage to buildings.  In addition to strong thunderstorm winds, a very strong pressure gradient developed on the back side of the deepening low and caused sustained winds of 40 to 60 mph across the region during the afternoon, causing additional damage. 

Click here for a list of damage reports, high winds, and heavy rain totals received for Sunday, March 8.

Here is a listing of high wind reports from March 8:

...HIGH WINDS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS ON SUNDAY...

THE FOLLOWING WIND GUSTS WERE MEASURED AT AUTOMATED AIRPORT WEATHER
STATIONS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS ON SUNDAY.

GUSTS DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS:

AIRPORT          SPEED         TIME
LAWRENCEVILLE    91 MPH        142 PM
BLOOMINGTON      58 MPH       1243 PM
MT CARMEL        52 MPH        209 PM
ROBINSON         39 MPH        205 PM


GUSTS DUE TO GRADIENT WINDS BEHIND THE STORMS:

AIRPORT          SPEED         TIME
CHAMPAIGN        62 MPH        302 PM
DANVILLE         62 MPH        326 PM
BLOOMINGTON      58 MPH        219 PM
PEORIA           58 MPH        150 PM
RANTOUL          58 MPH        225 PM
SPRINGFIELD      58 MPH       1254 PM
JACKSONVILLE     54 MPH       1225 PM
DECATUR          52 MPH        129 PM
PARIS            52 MPH        225 PM
TAYLORVILLE      51 MPH        145 PM
MATTOON          48 MPH        134 PM
LACON            43 MPH        225 PM
GALESBURG        41 MPH        225 PM
FLORA            40 MPH        445 PM
OLNEY            38 MPH        425 PM
 

Map of March 8th 2009 severe weather reports

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