Illinois Weather Trivia for June 4th
- A severe weather outbreak occurred across portions of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. A tornado destroyed or unroofed homes at the edge of Kaskaskia, along the Mississippi River. Tornadoes also occurred near the Wabash River, across Lawrence and Wabash Counties. The tornado in Wabash County was reportedly a mile wide, and crossed into Indiana. Damage from this tornado in forested areas was reportedly still visible in 1876. Further south, a tornado crossing the Wabash River north of Shawneetown reportedly devastated the lower end of Wabash Island, killing 3 people on the Indiana side.
- A tornado of F4 intensity touched down just west of Mt. Carmel and moved east northeast, devastating the town. The tornado occurred in a heavily wooded area, and many trees were thrown long distances. After crossing the Wabash River, the tornado tracked for another 5 miles across Indiana before dissipating. 20 businesses and 100 homes were damaged or destroyed. At least 16 people, and as many as 30, were killed, with 100 injured.
- Several tornadoes touched down across central Illinois, as severe thunderstorms moved through the area. A tornado moved across northern parts of Lincoln, with extensive tree damage in a park. High winds also produced damage to residences and trees in Lincoln. Damage to trees also occurred in Delavan, where a tornado moved across the north side of town. Other tornadoes that day were mainly weak, and brief in nature.
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