Illinois Weather Trivia for June 13th

6/13/1857
A tornado destroyed 25 houses and damaged 50 others in Pana, in southeast Christian County. In some cases, it was hard to tell where the buildings had stood. The freight depot was unroofed, and freight cars blown off train tracks. A woman and three children were killed by a falling building.
6/13/1976
A large, slow-moving tornado moved across parts of the southwestern Chicago suburbs, killing two people. The tornado, with winds over 200 mph, affected areas near Downers Grove. $13 million damage occurred when 89 homes were destroyed and another 90 were damaged. The tornado passed over the Argonne National Laboratory, peeling part of a roof off the building housing a nuclear reactor. The tornado's movement was rather erratic; the tornado first moved southeast, then north, and then turned to the west.

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