Illinois Weather Trivia for September 14th
- A violent tornado, estimated at F4 intensity with winds over 200 mph, tore across Rockford. The tornado first touched down 8 miles south southwest of Rockford, and moved across the southeast part of the city. Four factories were damaged or destroyed, including the Rockford Chair and Furniture Company. Eight workers were killed there when the 3-story building collapsed. About a mile downstream, 3 boys were killed in a garage. The tornado was on the ground for 26 miles, dissipating in Boone County near Capron. A total of 14 people were killed, with around 100 injuries reported.
- A tornado moved across the northwest part of Peoria. A brick school lost its roofs and a wall. Three homes were destroyed, and several industrial buildings were damaged. 30 people were injured.
- The remnants of Hurricane Ike tracked across southern Illinois, producing numerous wind gusts of 50 to 75 mph, with the strongest winds along the Ohio River. Two to 5 inches of rain also occurred, and combined with the lingering runoff due to Hurricane Gustav remnants a few days earlier to produce widespread flooding. Some areas received up to 9 inches of rain between the two events, southwest of Peoria and southeast of Springfield.
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