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