Illinois Weather Trivia for May 27th

5/27/1896
A tornado which killed 137 people in St. Louis moved across the Mississippi River, and killed another 113 people in Illinois. The violent tornado severely affected the city of East St. Louis, where $2 million damage occurred. The Eads Bridge, reported to be tornado-proof after it was rebuilt from an 1871 tornado, had a 2 x 10 inch plank driven through 5/16 inch wrought iron, but no significant damage occurred to the bridge. After lifting a for a short time, the tornado touched down again near Mascoutah and moved northeast. The second touchdown killed 24 people and damaged 100 homes in Mascoutah. This stands as the 2nd deadliest Illinois tornado outbreak on record.

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