June 15 South Holland Tornado Damage Survey - updated
Meteorologists from National Weather Service surveyed damage today, which was caused by a small, brief tornado during the evening of June 15. The tornado began at approximately 618 PM at the Bishop Ford Expressway north of 159th Street. The tornado ended at 620 PM near the intersection of 158th Place and Paxton Avenue. It had a path length of .8 miles and a width of about 20 yards. The tornado was rated EF0 with winds 65 to 85 mph. The beginning point of the tornado path was adjusted slightly west from the earlier report based on an eyewitness description of the tornado touching down on the Bishop Ford Expressway. However, the first signs of damage were at the Brown Meat Packing Company on Dutch Valley Road.
The tornado caused damage to the roof of the meat packing plant. A 40 foot by 60 foot section of roofing was torn off and pieces of the roof were thrown 150 to 250 feet to the left of the tornado path, indicating rotation. An air conditioning unit was flipped and roof debris damaged a brick parapet. There was damage to a few shingles at the Sand Ridge Apartments on 158th Place. A few small tree limbs were also damaged. Debris from the roof of the plant also fell about the apartment complex.
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