Severe weather was widespread across central and southeast Illinois during the overnight hours of May 24 into May 25, as part of a significant severe weather outbreak across the Plains and Midwest. Much of the damage in Illinois was due to high winds, but a few tornadoes also occurred. Click here for a preliminary listing of severe weather reports in central and southeast Illinois.
NWS personnel surveyed a tornado track across Scott County.
The tornado touched down 6 miles west-southwest of Winchester around 11:19 pm. At this point, it was estimated at F0 intensity. The tornado traveled northeast to a point 2 miles southwest of Winchester. At this location, it caused F1 (approximately 110 mph) damage when it destroyed a mobile home, killing one person. The storm began curving a bit more to the north, and crossed the northwest corner of Winchester near Old Route 36. It was estimated at F0 intensity (around 70 mph) in Winchester, with damage to trees, roofs, and sheds. The tornado lifted one mile north of Winchester around 11:26 pm.
The tornado's path was approximately 7.3 miles long, with a width of approximately 100 yards.
The tornado track was embedded in a larger area of straight-line wind damage. This "weaker" wind damage was mainly composed of tree and power line damage.
NWS personnel surveyed damage across the Jacksonville area, to determine if it was due to high winds or a tornado.
A small tornado touched down in the southwest part of Jacksonville, near the intersection of IL-104 and Morton Avenue (approximately 2.4 miles west-southwest of downtown), around 11:35 pm. The tornado tracked northeast and lifted about 1.2 miles west of downtown Jacksonville around 11:36 pm. Most of the damage was rated as F0 or F1 intensity. However, F2 strength damage was noted along a path about a block long, with wind speeds estimated at 120 mph.
Damage across the remainder of Jacksonville was due to straight-line wind gusts in the 80 to 90 mph range. The largest area of wind damage extended from the end of the tornado track to about a mile northeast of downtown, in an area about a quarter mile. The damage in this area occurred between 11:36 and 11:40 pm.
There were no fatalities in Jacksonville, and one person was injured.
NWS personnel conducted a damage survey across southern Sangamon and western Christian Counties on May 26.
A small tornado briefly touched down in the southwest part of Divernon at 12:09 am. This tornado was approximately 75 yards wide, and was on the ground for a quarter mile. It was rated as an F1 intensity tornado, with winds approximately 100 mph. Straight line wind damage occurred nearby as well.
The survey team also found that the remaining damage across southern Sangamon and western Christian County was caused by straight-line winds. Damage in Auburn was about a half mile wide and 3 miles long, and additional damage occurred near and just south of Pawnee. In this location, an apartment complex was severely damaged by winds estimated at 90 mph. The track of straight line winds extneded from Pawnee, across Lake Sangchris, to the Edinburg area in Christian County.
No deaths were reported in this area. Minor injuries occurred when semi-trucks were blown over on I-55.
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