Southern Dwight, IL Tornado - June 5, 2010
Updated 6/10/2010

Maximum Tornado Intensity: EF-2
Estimated Maximum Winds:  125 mph
Estimated Maximum Path Width: 300 yards
Tornado Path Length: 5.8 miles
Tornado Began: 9:12 PM CDT
Tornado Lifted: 9:22 PM CDT
Injuries: 6
 

The beginning of the Dwight tornado occurred at around 9:17 PM CDT about 6 miles west of Dwight and about a quarter mile south of IL Route 17.  On N 2100 E Rd 0.3 miles south of IL Route 17 a farm house sustained damage to windows, siding, and shingles with many tree branches nearby snapped off. The tornado at this point was rated EF1, with a path width of 70 yards. Debris were spread 200 yards across the field at N 2300E Rd. 

The tornado proceeded to strike the golf course at N 2400 E Rd where numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted. Golf card sheds were unroofed or severely damaged.   At this point the tornado was rated low end EF-2 with a path width of 300 yards. The tornado then moved east across I-55 and moved into Dwight, damaging a lumber yard. At Williams Street and old route 66 a mobile home park was hit. Six people were injured, one seriously, and a dozen mobile homes were destroyed, with several more significantly damaged. Damage here was rated EF-2. Large trees were uprooted and power poles were snapped at the railroad tracks. At a ball field a little farther east, trees and fences were damaged. Slightly farther east, there was minor damage to a church and the high school auditorium roof. A storage garage was destroyed at the high school. 

The tornado than continued east into a subdivision between Philmar Street and Prospect Avenue where many large trees were downed on top of homes. At Sunset Drive and Wilmac Street a garage door and roof were taken off. A roof was taken off a house on Linden Street a half block west of Il Route 47. Damage in Dwight was rated high end EF-1 to low end EF-2. The tornado dissipated in an open field east of Route 47. The tornado reformed along the north side of E 3100 N Rd between, N 3100 E Rd and N 3200 E Rd for ¼ mile, and was rated EF-0 here. There was additional minor damage to tree limbs and a metal farm outbuilding for ½ mile along the north side of E 3100 N Rd between N 3400 E Rd and N 3500 E Rd. The tornado here was rated EF-0 with a path width of 20 yards.     

Picture of Dwight, IL tornadoes on Rt. 17 looking east, 1 mile west of Dwight. Taken by Peter Nichols. June 5, 2010
Huge wall cloud, 2 tornadoes, and funnel cloud to right.

 



Map of the two tornado tracks in Dwight, IL on June 5, 2010

Map of tornado track that went through Dwight, IL on June 5, 2010  


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