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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1126 PM CDT MON APR 3 2006

...PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 2 2006 FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS
TORNADO (ST. CLAIR COUNTY ILLINOIS)...

PERSONNEL FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN ST. LOUIS
CONDUCTED A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED OVER
NORTHERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY DURING THE DAY ON MONDAY. THE DAMAGE WAS
PRODUCED BY A TORNADO AND STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

AROUND 515 PM CDT THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN 200 YARDS SOUTH OF
THE INTERSECTION OF UNION HILL ROAD AND LONG ACRE DRIVE IN SOUTHWEST
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS ILLINOIS. SEVERAL LARGE TREES AND LARGE LIMBS WERE
DOWNED BY THE TORNADO. THE DAMAGE WIDTH AT THIS LOCATION WAS 60
YARDS WIDE WHILE DAMAGE INTENSITY WAS RATED F(0).

THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST THROUGH A SMALL SUBDIVISION SOUTHWEST
OF LINCOLN TRAIL (U.S.50) AND CATHY LANE. THERE WAS MINOR ROOF
DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES..A TWO CAR GARAGE WAS DAMAGED AND SEVERAL
LARGE TREES WERE EITHER UPROOTED OR SNAPPED HALF WAY UP. ON THE EAST
SIDE OF CATHY LANE THE ROOF OF AN APARTMENT WAS DAMAGED WHILE A
SECOND ESTABLISHMENT SUSTAINED SIDE AND ROOF DAMAGE. DAMAGE WAS
RATED F(1) INTENSITY WHILE DAMAGE WIDTH RANGED FROM 60 TO 80 YARDS.

ON THE NORTH SIDE OF U.S. 50 SEVERAL LARGE POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED
AND LYING NORTH. OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS ALONG THE NORTH SIDE OF U.S.
50 SUSTAINED VARIOUS DEGREES OF DAMAGE. LIGHT POLES AND TREE DAMAGE
REVEALED A CONVERGENT DAMAGE PATTERN INDICATIVE OF A TORNADO. THE
TORNADO THEN HIT THE SOUTH SIDE OF K & G CLOTHING STORE. THE FRONT
CENTER ROOF COLLAPSED WHILE DEBRIS FROM THIS AREA WAS PUSHED ALONG
THE EAST SIDE OF THE LARGE STORE. THERE WAS ONE FATALITY AND SEVERAL
INJURIES AT THIS STORE. THE DAMAGE WIDTH RANGED BETWEEN 80 TO 100
YARDS WHILE DAMAGE INTENSITY WAS RATED LOWER END OF F(2).

THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST ACROSS ST CLAIR SQUARE MALL..
INTERSTATE 64 AND THEN HIT A CHURCH ON OLD COLLINSVILLE ROAD. THE
TORNADO DAMAGED THE STEEPLE AND ROOF OF THE CHURCH. THE TORNADO THEN
DAMAGED THREE HOMES AND ONE FARMSTEAD JUST WEST OF THE INTERSECTION
OF MILBURN SCHOOL ROAD AND PAUSCH ROAD 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF FAIRVIEW
HEIGHTS ILLINOIS. SEVERAL LARGE TREES WERE ALSO DAMAGED OVER THIS
AREA. THE DAMAGE WIDTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 60 YARDS WHILE DAMAGE
INTENSITY WAS RATED F(1).

THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED THE INTERSECTION OF KYLE AND SIMMONS ROAD
AND CAUSED ONLY MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO SIX HOMES WITHIN A SUBDIVISION
NORTH OF KYLE ROAD.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO TRAVEL NORTHEAST AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO
SEVERAL HOMES IN THE CROWN POINT SUBDIVISION JUST SOUTH OF
O`FALLON-TROY ROAD. THE ROOF OF ONE HOME WAS COMPLETELY UPLIFTED AND
TOSSED OVER 100 YARDS TO THE NORTHEAST. THE DAMAGE WIDTH WAS 100
YARDS WIDE WHILE DAMAGE INTENSITY WAS RATED F(2).

THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED O`FALLON-TROY ROAD AND TOTALLY DESTROYED A
MACHINE SHED ON ANOTHER FARMSTEAD. DEBRIS FROM THE MACHINE SHED WAS
TOSSED OVER 1/3 MILE TO THE NORTHEAST. TWO OTHER HOMES 1/4 MILE
NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF WEIL AND O`FALLON ROAD SUSTAINED VARING
DEGREES OF DAMAGE. THE ROOF OF ONE HOME WAS UPLIFTED AND DISPLACED
TO THE NORTHEAST. SEVERAL TREES IN THIS AREA WERE ALSO DAMAGED. THE
WIDTH OF THE TORNADIC DAMAGE WAS 100 YARDS WHILE DAMAGE INTENSITY
WAS RATED F(1).

INSULATION DEBRIS FROM BOTH HOMES WAS TOSSED OVER 300 YARDS ACROSS
AN OPEN FIELD AND LINE OF LARGE TREES.

THE TOTAL TORNADIC DAMAGE TRACK OF THE FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS TORNADO WAS
APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES. THIS TORNADO WAS ALSO REFERRED TO AS A
NON-SUPERCELL TORNADO.

GIVEN THAT THE LINE OF THUNDERSTORM WHICH PRODUCED THIS TORNADO WAS
MOVING 60 MPH...THE TORNADO WAS ONLY ON THE GROUND FOR SHORT TIME OF
APPROXIMATELY 8 MINUTES.

FUJITA SCALE

F0 40-72 MPH
F1 73-112 MPH
F2 113-157 MPH
F3 158-206 MPH
F4 207-260 MPH
F5 261-318 MPH

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PRZYBYLINSKI/BRITT/DUMMER

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