Illinois Weather Trivia for August 28th

A large, killer tornado spun a path of destruction across Kendall and Will Counties in northeast Illinois. This F5 tornado was on the ground for over 16 miles, touching down first near Oswego and lifting 20 minutes later in Joliet. The worst damage occurred in the towns of Plainfield and Crest Hill. 29 people were killed, and another 350 were injured. Total damage was estimated around $165 million. Before the tornado developed, the severe thunderstorm produced wind gusts in the 80-100 mph range.
Slow moving, isolated thunderstorms developed along a warm front during the evening hours. Rainfall totals across portions of Sangamon, Logan, and Menard Counties generally ranged from 2 to 4 inches, with 5.1 inches reported on the southeast side of Springfield. Widespread flash flooding resulted, with over 200 water rescues performed in Springfield. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.
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