Illinois Weather Trivia for March 12th
- Three strong tornadoes affected northeast and east central Illinois during the afternoon hours. One moved across DuPage and Cook Counties, peeling many long-span roofs back near O'Hare Airport. Two people were killed by this tornado. A second tornado moved from near Oswego to Villa Park, destroying several homes in a subdivision near Oswego. A third tornado started in Kankakee County near St. Anne, moving east into Indiana.
- A supercell thunderstorm, which had originated in northern Oklahoma during the late morning hours, moved northeast across central Illinois during the evening. This storm produced a number of tornadoes across the state, including one that was on the ground for approximately 65 miles, from the southeast tip of Pike County to Springfield; a second tornado then formed in southern Springfield and moved through the eastern part of the city. The two Springfield tornadoes were each rated at F2 intensity, and were just over 1/2 mile at their widest. Over 1,000 buildings in the Springfield area were damaged or destroyed. Further north, severe thunderstorms produced a measured wind gust of 107 mph at the Quad City Airport near Moline, destroying a hotel under construction and damaging many nearby homes and businesses. A downburst in Henry County produced 95 mph winds in Atkinson, and winds in Stephenson County were estimated near 80 mph.
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