Two Tornadoes Confirmed in Kane County

 Elburn and Lilly Lake Tornado Paths

 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
1048 PM CDT THU AUG 20 2009 /1148 PM EDT THU AUG 20 2009/

...TWO SEPARATE TORNADOES CONFIRMED NORTH OF ELBURN ILLINOIS ON
WEDNESDAY EVENING AUGUST 19 2009...

THE FIRST TORNADO WAS RATED EF1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE...WITH
A PATH LENGTH OF ONE MILE AND A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 40 YARDS.

THE SECOND TORNADO WAS RATED EF0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE...WITH A PATH LENGTH OF THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE AND A
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 30 YARDS.

THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST TORNADO OCCURRED AT 600 PM CDT JUST NORTH
OF ROUTE 38 ABOUT ONE MILE NORTH OF ELBURN ILLINOIS. AT THIS
LOCATION A FIELD OF CORN CROPS WERE FLATTENED IN A CONVERGENT MANNER
TOWARDS THE NORTHWEST. DAMAGE WAS RATED EF0 WITH WINDS ESTIMATED
NEAR 65 MPH AND A PATH WIDTH OF 20 YARDS.

THE TORNADO THEN PROCEEDED TO THE NORTHWEST INTENSIFYING AS IT
MOVED JUST ALONG ROUTE 47 WHERE IT SNAPPED OFF AND UPROOTED
MULTIPLE LARGE HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES. THE DAMAGE AT THIS
LOCATION WAS BLOWN IN A CONVERGENT PATTERN TO THE NORTHWEST. EF1
DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED WITH WINDS ESTIMATED NEAR 105 MPH AND A PATH
WIDTH OF 40 YARDS.

AGAIN THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO THE NORTHWEST MAINTAINING ITS
STRENGTH CAUSING MORE TREE DAMAGE ALONG ROUTE 47.  SEVERAL TREES
WERE SNAPPED OFF AND CONSISTENTLY BLOWN IN THE SAME DIRECTION TO THE
NORTHWEST. DAMAGE WAS RATED EF1 AT THIS LOCATION WITH WINDS
ESTIMATED NEAR 105 MPH AND A PATH WIDTH OF 40 YARDS.

SEVERAL RESIDENCES ALONG ROUTE 47 CONTINUED TO RECEIVE DAMAGE TO
MANY TREES ON THEIR PROPERTY EVEN AS THE TORNADO WAS WEAKENING. THE
LAST OF THE DAMAGE OBSERVED WAS IN A CORN FIELD JUST TO THE WEST OF
ROUTE 47. HERE CORN CROP WAS FLATTENED AND TWISTED BEFORE THE
TORNADO LIFTED...WITH THE DAMAGE RATED EF0 WITH WINDS ESTIMATED NEAR
65 MPH.

THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND TORNADO OCCURRED AT 615 PM CDT ABOUT 3
MILES NORTH OF ELBURN NEAR LILY LAKE ILLINOIS. AT THIS LOCATION
SEVERAL LARGE HARDWOOD TREE BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED AND TWISTED OFF IN
A SUBDIVISION ABOUT A HALF MILE SOUTH OF ROUTE 64. DAMAGE WAS RATED
EF0 WITH WINDS ESTIMATED NEAR 75 MPH AND A PATH WIDTH OF 30 YARDS.

THE TORNADO THEN QUICKLY MOVED TO THE NORTHEAST WHERE IT CONTINUED
TO CAUSE DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE LARGE TREES IN THIS SUBDIVISION. DAMAGE
WAS RATED EF0 WITH WINDS ESTIMATED NEAR 75 MPH WITH A PATH WIDTH OF
30 YARDS.

AS THE TORNADO QUICKLY PROGRESSED TO THE NORTHEAST...IT WEAKENED AND
PRODUCED THE LAST OF THE DAMAGE ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE NORTH OF
ROUTE 64. AT THIS LOCATION...SEVERAL LARGE TREE BRANCHES WERE
SNAPPED OFF. BEFORE THE TORNADO LIFTED AT THIS LOCATION...EF0 DAMAGE
WAS OBSERVED WITH WINDS ESTIMATED NEAR 70 MPH AND A PATH WIDTH OF 30
YARDS.

$$

RODRIGUEZ/HALBACH 

Pictures from Elburn and Lilly Lake:

Tree damage north of Elburn.

Soft wood trees blown to the west in the foreground and east in the background north of Elburn.

Tree damage north of Elburn.

Large hard wood tree snapped at the trunk north of Elburn.

Corn swirl north of Elburn.

Corn swirl north of Elburn.

Tree and structural damage north of Elburn.

Tree and housing damage north of Elburn.


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