Storm Damage - Friday May 31st

The National Weather Service in Lincoln has confirmed that two tornadoes occurred in central and eastern Illinois Friday night, May 31st.

Decatur, Illinois

Time: 10:03 - 10:07 pm CDT
Damage Rating: EF-1 (
maximum wind estimated around 90 mph)

Path Length: 2.0 miles
Path Width: 75 to 125 yards

Begining Point: 2.0 miles northwest of downtown Decatur
Ending Point: 1.9 miles north-northeast of downtown Decatur
Injuries: None reported

At 10:03 pm CDT a tornado touched down on the northwest side of Decatur just off Division Street near Summit Avenue. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast damaging numerous trees and causing mainly minor damage to house roofs. The tornado widened and increased in intensity as it moved through Graceland Cemetery, damaging several trees and the roof of the chapel. 

The tornado crossed Oakland Avenue and damaged the Plaza TV shop, tearing off the roof of the building, breaking windows, damaging siding and tipping over the trailer portion of a delivery truck. The tornado continued to the east-northeast, narrowed and weakened a bit as it damaged trees and roofs. It then passed about one block south of Decatur Memorial Hospital. The tornado then moved back into a residential neighborhood, causing damage to trees and minor damage to roofing. At about 10:07 pm the tornado dissipated as it approached Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near East Maywood Court.

For several blocks to the south of the tornado track, severe winds also caused damage to several trees and tree limbs, however the most concentrated damage was along the tornado track.




Decatur, IL damage photos by Richard Lewis

Decatur, IL damage photos by Paul Hadfield


 Rural Eastern Vermilion County, Illinois

Time: 11:24 - 11:25 pm CDT
Damage Rating: EF-1 (
maximum wind estimated 90 - 95 mph)

Path Length:
0.5 miles
Path Width: 50 to 75 yards

Begining Point: 2.6 miles southeast of Westville (or 7.3 miles south-southeast of Danville)
Ending Point: 3.0 miles east-southeast of Westville (or 7.2 miles southeast of Danville)
Injuries: None reported


At 11:24 pm CDT a tornado touched down in an open field about 2.6 miles southeast of Westville, Illinois. The tornado tracked to the east-northeast, crossing North 1850 East Road. The tornado then severely damaged an attached garage and part of house.

The garage was pulled up from the foundation, turned, and pushed to the northwest about 10 feet, on top of the car that was inside. A large barn was also damaged, a door on another garage was pushed out, and trees on the property were splintered. The tornado dissipated around 11:25 pm, about one-tenth of a mile to the east-northeast of the property.


Damage photos by Rick Harper, Vermilion County EMA


Other Wind Damage Reports

Straight-line wind resulted in numerous other damage reports in central and eastern Illinois during the late evening of May 31st.

Menard County 

  • Trees down near New Salem park and Highway 97

Christian County

  • 70 mph wind in Kincaid
  • Tree down on a house in Jeiseyville
  • Large tree limb down on a vehicle in Morrisonville
  • Trees down on a trailer & a house in Edinburg
  • Shed severely damaged 3 miles south of Stonington
  • 2 foot diameter tree down in Taylorville near intersection of highways 29 and 48


Macon County



  • 58 mph wind at the Decatur Airport & one mile south of Oakley
  • Damage to numerous trees, large tree down on 2 houses, severe damage to a house roof in Argenta
  • Damage to farm outbuildings and grain bins 2 miles south of Argenta

DeWitt County

  • Large tree limbs down in Wapella

Shelby County

  • Window blown out of a house 2 miles east of Lakewood

Moultrie County

  • 60 mph wind in Bethany

Piatt County

  • 60 mph wind 2 miles northeast of Cisco
  • Tree down across road in Bement
  • Trees down on Route 32 with power out in Cisco
  • Power lines down near Milmine
  • Cable line blown down in Monticello

Champaign County

  • Large tree branch down on Springfield Avenue in Champaign

Vermilion County

  • Numerous trees down in Hoopeston
  • Numerous power lines down and 62 mph wind in Danville

Effingham County

  • Trees down and damage to farm buildings near Dieterich

Clay County

  • Shed damaged 3 miles northwest of Flora

Richland County

  • Tree down 3 miles south of Claremont

Clark County 

  • Tree down across a road in Martinsville
  • Tree down on a house and traffic light blown down in Marshall

Crawford County

  • Tree down Route 1A east of Robinson
  • Tree down on Route 33 between Robinson and Palestine
  • Tree down on a house in Robinson



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