Illinois Weather Trivia for March 27th
- Several strong to violent tornadoes affected southern Illinois. One tornado near Rockwood threw 18 inch thick trees across the Mississippi River into Illinois. Another tornado crossed the river further downstream and tore through Grand Tower, where some of the 27 destroyed homes were completely swept away, before lifting north of Carbondale. A family of tornadoes affected areas along the Ohio River, where another tornado destroyed 32 buildings in Olney.
- Intense low pressure produced high winds of 50 to 80 mph across much of Illinois. At the Joliet airport, a wind gust of 100 mph was recorded before the wind gage was blown away. A gust of 74 mph at Capital Airport in Springfield caused damage to a hangar. In Dwight (Livingston County), one person was killed in a car accident when a dust storm reduced visibility to near zero.
- Intense low pressure produced severe weather in northern Illinois as well as high winds in central and eastern parts of the state. In Springfield, a 71 mph wind gust was recorded at Capital Airport, while the Peoria airport reported a wind gust of 68 mph. Further northeast, severe thunderstorms produced a wind gust of 84 mph at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, and a strong tornado caused $8 million damage in the far southern Chicago suburbs.
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