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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
211 PM CST THU MAR 16 2006

...DAMAGE SURVEY INFORMATION FOR THE EARLY MORNING MARCH 13 2006
TORNADIC SUPERCELL THAT PRODUCED A LONG TRACK TORNADO FROM
MONTGOMERY...INTO LINCOLN AND PIKE COUNTIES MISSOURI...

A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED A TORNADO THAT TRACKED
FROM NORTHEAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY...ACROSS NORTHERN
LINCOLN COUNTY...CROSSED INTO SOUTHEAST PIKE COUNTY...AND
MAY HAVE CROSSED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER INTO CALHOUN COUNTY
ILLINOIS DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MONDAY MARCH 13...2006.
NATI0NAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL ARE CONTINUING THE DAMAGE SURVEY
IN ILLINOIS TODAY TO TRY IF IT DID CROSS INTO ILLINOIS.  THE KNOWN
DAMAGE TRACK WAS 37 MILES LONG WITH THE TORNADO REACHING A MAXIMUM
DAMAGE WIDTH OF 300 YARDS AND A F3 RATING.

THE TORNADO FIRST FORMED AND CAUSED DAMAGE IN NORTHEAST
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ABOUT 1:20 AM ALONG UNION CHAPEL ROAD NORTHWEST
OF BELLFLOWER. A HOME SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE WITH SEVERAL TRUSSES
DESTROYED ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE. THE TORNADO WAS ABOUT 100 YARD
WIDE AT THIS POINT AND WAS RATED F1. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST
AND CROSSED HIGHWAY E SEVERAL TIMES. IN THE SMALL COMMUNITY OF
GAMMA...TWO HOMES SUFFERED MAJOR ROOF DAMAGE...A BARN WAS
DESTROYED AND SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS DESTROYED. THE TORNADO WAS RATED
F2 AT THIS LOCATION AND WAS 200 YARDS WIDE.

THE TORNADO CROSSED INTO LINCOLN COUNTY ABOUT 1:25 AM AND CAUSED
EXTENSIVE DAMAGE ALONG HIGHWAY E ON THE NORTH SIDE OF OLNEY. A HOME
WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS THE TORNADO REACHED F3 STRENGTH AND WAS
ABOUT 300 YARDS WIDE. THE FAMILY AT THE HOME ALL ESCAPED INJURY AS
THEY HAD TAKEN SHELTER IN THE BASEMENT.

ABOUT 1:35 AM...THE TORNADO DESTROYED A HOME AND CAUSED DAMAGE AT A
HOME BUSINESS ALONG HIGHWAY H NORTHWEST OF SILEX. AT THIS POINT THE
TORNADO WAS A STRONG F2 AND WAS ABOUT 200 YARDS WIDE. A MAN IN THE
HOME THAT WAS DESTROYED SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG. AT THE HOME
BUSINESS...THE HOME SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE AND HAD THE NORTH SIDE BRICK
WALL PULLED OFF OF THE HOUSE. A LARGE MACHINE SHED TYPE STRUCTURE
SUFFERED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND A 50 FOOT TRAVEL TRAILER AND THE PICKUP
TRUCK ATTACHED TO IT WERE BLOWN OVER ONTO THEIR SIDES.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND PRIMARILY CROSSED OVER WILDLIFE
AND CONSERVATION AREAS SOUTH OF WHITESIDE. THE TORNADO CROSSED
HIGHWAY 61 ABOUT 1:45 AM AND CAUSED A CONSTANT TRACK OF TREE
DAMAGE AS IT CROSSED THE LINCOLN PIKE COUNTY LINE SOUTHWEST OF
ANNADA ABOUT 1:50 AM. INTERMITTENT TREE DAMAGE WAS THEN FOUND AS
IT CROSSED HIGHWAY 79 NEAR ANNADA AND HEADED NORTHEAST TOWARD THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THE TORNADO LIKELY REACHED THE RIVER ABOUT 1:55
AM.

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