Damage survey results for Sangamon and Lawrence Co. March 8 storms

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
432 PM CDT MON MAR 9 2009

...TORNADO AND WIND DAMAGE SURVEYED IN SANGAMON COUNTY IN CENTRAL
ILLINOIS...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED THAT ONE
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN SANGAMON COUNTY NEAR THE TOWN OF LOAMI ON
SUNDAY MORNING...MARCH 8 2009.

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LOAMI IN
A FIELD AT AROUND 1132 AM CDT. THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST AND DID
DAMAGE TO THREE HOMES AND ONE MOBILE HOME. TWO OF THE HOMES HAD
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS AND SIDING. MANY HEDGE ROW TREES
WERE ALSO SNAPPED...UPROOTED AND DAMAGED IN THIS AREA. THE MOBILE
HOME HAD ROOFING DAMAGE AS WELL. THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS
RATED EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS AT ROUND 100
MPH. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST DAMAGING MORE TREES AND
A LARGE GARAGE/WORKSHOP. ONE WOMAN WAS INJURED IN HER HOUSE AS IT
WAS DAMAGED BY THE TORNADO. SHE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND RECEIVED
SOME STITCHES FOR BEING HIT BY SOME FLYING DEBRIS.

THE TORNADO THEN DAMAGED ANOTHER HOUSE 3 MILES WEST OF LOAMI WHERE
IT DAMAGED SOME OF THE SIDING AND DESTROYED SEVERAL GARAGES AND
MORTON BUILDINGS. THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS RATED EF1 ON THE
ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 90-100 MPH. THE TORNADO
CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND DESTROYED A HAY BARN.

AS THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST IT HIT ANOTHER HOMESTEAD WHERE IT
DID SOME MINOR DAMAGE TO THE HOUSE...DESTROYED MANY OUTBUILDINGS AND
SHEDS AND DID MUCH TREE DAMAGE. A BARN ON THE PROPERTY COLLAPSED
WHILE THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY WAS INSIDE TRYING TO FREE SOME OF
THE HORSES. THE OWNER WAS INJURED AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. HE
WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. THE DAMAGE AT THIS LOCATION WAS RATED EF1
ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE WITH WIND SPEEDS OF 100 MPH. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST AND THEN DISSIPATED ABOUT ONE MILE NORTH
OF LOAMI.

TOTAL LENGTH...6 MILES...CONTINUOUS
WIDTH...50-200 YARDS
MAX DAMAGE RATING...EF1..100 MPH.

ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...
EF0 - 65-85 MPH
EF1 - 86-110 MPH
EF2 - 111-135 MPH
EF3 - 136-165 MPH
EF4 - 166-200 MPH
EF5 - OVER 200 MPH

THE STORM THAT PRODUCED THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST AND
PRODUCED WIND DAMAGE ON THE WEST SIDE OF SPRINGFIELD AND THROUGH THE
NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO MINOR
ROOFING AND SIDING DAMAGE TO LOTS OF TREE DAMAGE. HOWEVER...ONE OF
THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WAS AN APARTMENT COMPLEX AT THE CORNER OF WEST
JEFFERSON AND BRUNS LANE. HERE...A LARGE TREE WAS UPROOTED AT THE
FRONT OF THE COMPLEX AND PARTS OF THE ROOF OF ONE BUILDING WAS
RIPPED UP AND THROWN INTO THE PARKING LOT BEHIND THE BUILDING TO THE
NORTHEAST. ONE THING OF NOTE WAS THIS ROOF WAS FLAT AND DID NOT HAVE
ANY OVERHANG. THE RIPPED OFF ROOF DAMAGED SEVERAL CARS IN THE
PARKING LOT. NORTHEAST OF THE APARTMENTS...THERE WERE NUMEROUS TREES
DAMAGED BEHIND THE JANE ADDAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. EVEN THOUGH THE
DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED
THE TORNADO...THIS DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A DOWNBURST FROM THE
STORM. WIND SPEEDS AT THIS LOCATION ARE ESTIMATED TO BE AROUND
90-100 MPH.

ADDITIONAL TREE AND MINOR ROOFING DAMAGE WAS SCATTERED ACROSS THE
REST OF NORTHERN SPRINGFIELD AND FURTHER NORTHEAST AROUND SPAULDING
AND EAST OF WILLIAMSVILLE. ALL OF THIS DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF
THUNDERSTORM STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
811 PM CDT MON MAR 9 2009

...TORNADO AND WIND DAMAGE SURVEYED IN LAWRENCE AND RICHLAND
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN LAWRENCE COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON...MARCH 8
2009.

THE INITIAL TORNADO TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED 1 MILE NE OF THE LAWRENCEVILLE
AIRPORT AT 1:43 PM CDT AND TRACKED 4.5 MILES NORTHEAST TO 1 MILE
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF RUSSELLVILLE AT THE WABASH RIVER AT 1:48 PM CDT.
THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS 100 YARDS WITH AN EF1 RATING (MAX WIND SPEED
OF 90 TO 95 MPH).

THERE WAS DAMAGE TO TREES FOR THE FIRST MILE. THE TORNADO DESTROYED
A GRAIN BIN AND SEVERELY DAMAGED A SMALL POLE BARN. 2 MOBILE HOMES
WERE DAMAGED AND A OUTBUILDING WAS DESTROYED. THERE WAS A HOME
THAT HAD A MODERATE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE OCCUR FROM THE TORNADO AS WELL.
20 IRRIGATION UNITS WERE DESTROYED ALONG THE PATH WITH A BARN DESTROYED
JUST WEST OF ILLINOIS ROUTE 33.

LAWRENCE COUNTY TORNADO SUMMARY...

TOTAL PATH LENGTH...4.5 MILES LONG
WIDTH...100 YARDS
MAX DAMAGE RATING...EF1...90-95 MPH

ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...
EF0...65-85 MPH
EF1...86-110 MPH
EF2...111-135 MPH
EF3...136-165 MPH
EF4...166-200 MPH
EF5...OVER 200 MPH


IN RICHLAND COUNTY (REPORTED BY THE LAWRENCE COUNTY EMA)

THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED IN PARKERSBURG WHERE A ROOF WAS
TORN OFF A TRAILER. IN ADDITION...A POLE BARN WAS DESTROYED 3 MILES
WEST OF SUMNER.



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