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. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.
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