Late Season Tornadoes in Northern Illinois

A strong cold front swept across the region Monday bringing powerful thunderstorms to the area. These storms brought damaging winds, torrential rains, and even tornadoes. 

A survey team from the National Weather Service office in Chicago confirmed that an EF2 tornado with estimated maximum wind speeds of 135 mph occurred Monday afternoon near Caledonia, Illinois, northeast of the city of Rockford, first touching down at approximately 3:04 pm in far east central Winnebago County. 

November tornadoes are somewhat rare across north central and northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana… in fact the last time a tornado touched down anywhere in the area during the month of November was 26 years ago… on November 9, 1984. On this date an F0 tornado struck near Manhattan in Will county at 6:40 pm.

November tornadoes to occur in the area since 1950: 

Date                Time        County                                 Deaths     Injuries      Property Damage                   
11/13/1951       400 PM       LAKE [IN]           F2                                               $    250,000
11/26/1951       617 PM       FORD                 F1                                               $    250,000
11/12/1965       248 PM       DU PAGE          F2                                               $      25,000
11/12/1965       345 PM       COOK                F2                                               $25,000,000
11/12/1965       205 PM       LA SALLE          F2                                               $    250,000
11/12/1965       235 PM       GRUNDY           F2                                               $25,000,000
11/12/1965       300 PM       WILL                   F2             2                 90          $25,000,000
11/12/1965       453 PM       LAKE [IN]           F3                                               $     250,000
11/11/1971      1100 PM      LIVINGSTON     F1                                                $      25,000
11/10/1975            UNK      LAKE [IL]            F1                                                $      25,000
11/09/1984        640 PM     WILL                   F0                                                $               0
11/22/2010        304 PM     WINNEBAGO   EF2                                  6            $          TBD

Historically November has accounted for about 2% of all tornadoes in the area since 1950.


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