Easter Sunday Severe Weather Outbreak
April 16, 2006

Ten tornadoes touched down across central and southeast Illinois on April 16.  A summary of the tornadoes follows:

Time Location Details
2:35 to 2:37 PM Macon County:
2 miles southwest of Warrensburg to 1 mile southwest of Warrensburg
Path length 1 mile, width 100 yards.
F1 intensity (110 mph).
2:53 PM Christian County:
4.8 miles east of Taylorville
Path length 0.1 mile, width 30 yards.
F0 intensity (60 mph).
Photographed in open area, no damage.
3:05 PM Christian County:
2 miles south-southeast of Assumption
Path length 0.1 mile, width 30 yards.
F0 intensity (60 mph).
Brief touchdown observed by trained spotter; no damage.
3:07 PM Christian County:
5 miles southeast of Stonington
Path length 0.1 mile, width 30 yards.
F0 intensity (60 mph).
5:09 to 5:19 PM Effingham County:
1 mile north northeast of Elliotstown to 2 miles south of Dieterich
Path length 4 miles, width 200 yards.
F2 intensity (130 to 140 mph).
5:18 PM Jasper County:
2 miles southwest of Wheeler to just west of Wheeler
Path length 1.5 miles, width 150 yards.
F2 intensity (115 to 120 mph).
5:15 to 5:23 PM Coles County:
1 mile south of Humboldt to 4.5 miles southeast of Humboldt
Path length 5 miles, width 150 yards.
F1 intensity (100 mph).
5:25 to 5:27 PM Coles County:
5.5 to 6.5 miles east of Humboldt
Path length 1 mile, width 50 yards
F0 intensity (65 mph)
6:09 PM Crawford County:
5 miles southwest of Robinson
Path length 0.1 mile, width 30 yards.
F0 intensity.
Photographed by spotter; no damage.
7:06 to 7:07 PM Crawford County:
Robinson
Path length 0.1 mile, width 75 yards.
F1 intensity (85 to 90 mph).

 Macon County: 

Around 3 pm, a tornado touched down 2 miles southwest of Warrensburg.  The tornado was sighted on the ground by the Warrensburg fire chief.  The tornado tracked east, and completely destroyed an outbuilding.  It continued east and damaged one home, damaging siding and the roof.  The tornado continued east across open fields, until it dissipated when it reached County Road 21, 1/4 mile south of Hackney Rd.  The tornado lasted for 2 minutes, and was on the ground for 1 mile.  It was rated as F1 intensity on the Fujita Scale, with estimated peak winds of 110 mph.

Damage around the Oakley area of eastern Macon County was determined to be due to a damaging downburst of wind.  This occurred between 5:10 and 5:15 pm, from 2 miles west of Oakley to 2 miles northwest of Oakley.  The downburst initially damaged the siding of a home near the intersection of Rea's Bridge Road and Township Road 252.  The downburst continued northeast across open fields, until it destroyed a grain bin on County Road 24, 1/2 mile east of Township Road 252.  It continued northeast, damaging several large tree branches of a quarter mile wide tree line.  The downburst then damaged several homes and garages, 2 miles northwest of Oakley, just north of the intersection of County Road 24 and North Prairie View Rd.  Three garages were completely destroyed at one home, along with a 60 foot antenna tower.  Another home in the area had a metal car garage destroyed, along with several large tree branches.  Four other homes in the vicinity received damage to siding, roofing, and trees.  The debris was thrown downwind of each structure, in a pattern consistent with downburst winds.  Radar images also helped confirm this conclusion, indicating a distinct "bow echo" pattern near Oakley, which is often associated with damaging downburst winds.  The strongest winds for this event were estimated at 110 mph.

 

 Coles County:

The first of the Coles County tornadoes touched down at 5:15 pm in an open field, one mile south of Humboldt.  It was sighted, photographed, and videotaped from 3 separate locations.  It crossed I-57, and damaged an outbuilding 1/4 mile east of I-57.  The tornado continued east across an open field for 1.5 miles.  It damaged 2 outbuildings near the intersection of county roads 1000E and 1400N.  The tornado moved east-southeast  across open fields, until it dissipated 5 miles southeast of Humboldt.  The tornado lasted for 8 minutes, from 5:15 to 5:23 pm, and was on the ground for 5 miles.  It was rated as F1 on the Fujita Scale, with estimated peak wind of 100 mph.

The second Coles County tornado touched down at 5:25 pm, in an open field 6.5 miles east of Humboldt.  It moved east for 1 mile and dissipated 7.5 miles east of Humboldt, or 7 miles north of Charleston.  No damage occurred, but estimates from video accounts indicate the tornado was most likely very weak, in the F0 range of the Fujita Scale, with estimated wind speeds near 65 mph.

 

 Effingham County:

A tornado touched down 1 mile north-northeast of Elliotstown, in Effingham County, in a wooded area just southwest of the intersection of 700th Avenue and 2000th Street.  It tracked east-northeast, and struck a farmstead on 2000th St., destroying a barn, 4 outbuildings and several grain bins.  The tornado appeared to weaken and struck a homestead about 1 mile to the east of the farm, snapping off dozens of trees and causing minor roof damage to a well-built home.  The tornado intensified again over the next mile, and struck two homesteads.  Considerable tree damage was noted at this location, 3 outbuildings were destroyed, and an attached garage was destroyed when the overhead door failed and the side wall was blown out.  Further east, on 2300th St. and about 1 mile north of 700th Ave, a well-built home had an attached garage destroyed, the front porch roof torn off, and two second story dormers torn off.  A final farmstead was damaged near 800th Ave. North and the Effingham/Jasper County line.  Two outbuildings on the farm were completely destroyed, and a small combine in one of the buildings was flipped into an adjacent pond.  An antenna tower was blown over next to the house and the home sustained siding, roofing and window damage.

The tornado dissipated near the Effingham/Jasper County line.  It was on the ground for 10 minutes and 4 miles.  Maximum path width was 200 yards.  It was rated F2, with maximum wind speeds estimated at 130 to 140 mph.

 

 Jasper County:

A second tornado formed just north of 700th Avenue in Effingham County, on the Effingham/Jasper County line.  It produced minor tree and barn damage to a farm at this location, and tracked to the northeast.  The tornado struck a mobile home just inside the Jasper County line, and completely destroyed the home.  The debris was blown several hundred yards into a field, with the home's refrigerator blown 1/4 mile into a field.  The debris from the mobile home struck an adjacent automobile, and crushed the roof.  The car was also pushed about 15 feet in the direction of impact.  The tornado continued northeast, causing significant tree damage, and minor damage to a few homes and outbuildings.

The tornado dissipated just west of Wheeler.  It was on the ground for about 4 minutes and 1.5 miles.  Maximum path width was 150 yards.  It was rated F2, with maximum wind speeds estimated at 115 to 120 mph.

 

 Crawford County:

At 7:05 pm, a swath of severe straight-line winds impacted the north side of Robinson.  The damage swath started near the 1800 block of N. Argus St., and continued east-southeast, before ending near the 1300 block of N. Jackson St.  These winds caused tree and roofing damage along the path, with the most significant damage noted toward the end of the swath.  The high school and nursing home were among the structures damaged.  One home and garage were destroyed by falling trees.  A wind sensor at the high school measured a 75 mph wind gust around 7:05 pm.

At 7:06 pm, a tornado briefly touched down near the end of the severe wind swath.  The tornado touched down near the intersection of N. Jackson St. and state route 1A.  The tornado traveled east-northeast and dissipated in the woods behind a church, along the east side of route 1A.  The tornado destroyed a garage, caused significant tree damage, flattened a highway sign, and caused siding and roof damage to another home and two churches.

The tornado was on the ground for about 1 minute, and 1/10 of a mile.  Maximum path width was 75 yards.  It was rated F1 on the Fujita Scale, with maximum wind speeds estimated at 85 to 90 mph.

 

Photos:

Tornado near Humboldt.  Photo by Jeff Abell.
Humboldt
(photo by Jeff Abell)

Tornado near Humboldt.  Photo by Jeff Abell.
Humboldt
(photo by Jeff Abell)

Tornado near Humboldt.  Photo by Jeff Abell.
Humboldt
(photo by Jeff Abell)

Tornado near Humboldt.  Photo by Jeff Abell.
Humboldt
(photo by Jeff Abell)

 Tornado dissipating near Humboldt.  Photo by Jeff Abell.
Humboldt
(photo by Jeff Abell)

 Wall cloud east of Taylorville.  Photo by Alix Barlow.
East of Taylorville
(photo by Alix Barlow)

 Tornado with no visible condensation funnel.  Photo by Alix Barlow.
East of Taylorville
(photo by Alix Barlow)

 Uprooted tree in Effingham County
Near Elliotstown

 Piece of wood impaled into a wall.
Near Elliotstown

 Remains of a building and trees
Near Elliotstown

 Brief tornado touchdown 3 miles southeast of Wheeler.  Photo by Scott Sparks.
Southeast of Wheeler
(photo by Scott Sparks)

 Tree damage near Wheeler
Near Wheeler

 Roof damage near Wheeler
Near Wheeler

 Damage in Macon County
Macon County

 
Macon County

 Wall cloud south of Oblong.  Photo by Mike Bumpus.
South of Oblong
(photo by Mike Bumpus)

 Tornado southwest of Robinson.  Photo by Jay Wilson.
Southwest of Robinson
(photo by Jay Wilson)

 Hail accumulation in Danvers.  Photo by Mike Wilhelm.
Danvers
(photo by Mike Wilhelm)

 

 

 

Map of April 16, 2006 severe weather reports

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