March 11-12 Perry County F3 Tornado, Major Flooding, Wind Damage

  • An outbreak of severe thunderstorms occurred over much of our region the night of Saturday, March 11 into the early morning of March 12.  A long-track tornado crossed Perry County, MO and Perry County, IL during the late evening.  Damage assessment below.
  • The same supercell that spawned the Perry County tornado produced another weaker tornado in Wayne County, IL. Damage assessment.
  • A 14-mile long swath of wind damage occurred in the counties of Pulaski and Massac in the southern tip of Illinois.  The detailed damage assessment is provided below.
  • Additionally, significant flooding occurred over parts of southern Illinois and southwest Indiana as a result of widespread persistent thunderstorms.  Numerous road closures and some water rescues were conducted across southwest Indiana, including Evansville.  Water rescues were also conducted near Mount Vernon, Illinois.  
  • Rainfall for the period from 7 A.M. March 8 to 7 A.M. March 12 was 8.98 inches at Grayville, IL in Edwards County. Although this was the highest report, there were several reports of 7 to 8 inches during the same time period, including 8.11 inches at Jackson, MO in Cape Girardeau County and 7.93 inches at Mount Vernon, IL

  PERRY COUNTY F3 TORNADO

Indications are that the F3 tornado damage in Perry County, MO and the F2 damage in
Perry Co. IL was part of a 54-mile long path that began in Ste. Genevieve County, MO.
Path map of tornado across southeast MO and southwest IL
Below is the preliminary damage assessment for the segment of tornado in Perry County, Missouri:
* EVENT DATE: SATURDAY NIGHT MARCH 11TH.
* EVENT TIME: 944 PM CST WAS 1ST REPORT OF 1ST TOUCHDOWN.
* EVENT TYPE: F3 TORNADO (MAX) ON THIS SEGMENT.
* EVENT LOCATION: DAMAGE TRACK ON THIS  SEGMENT IS FROM
                  APPROXIMATELY 6 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SAINT
                  MARYS...NEAR HIGHWAY NN AND JUST WEST OF THE TOWN
                  OF GIBONEY...TO APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE
                  SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF SAINT MARYS...ENDING CLOSE TO
                  RAILWAY TRACKS JUST NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 950 BY
                  OLD RIVER.
* PEAK WIND SPEED ON THIS SHORT SEGMENT:  170 MPH
* DAMAGE WIDTH: 350 TO 400 YARDS AVERAGE WIDTH.
* PATH LENGTH:  7.25 MILES.
* INJURIES: AT LEAST 4 PEOPLE ON THIS SHORT SEGMENT WERE KNOWN TO BE
            SIGNIFICANTLY INJURED AS THEY WERE PICKED UP BY TORNADIC
            WINDS AND THROWN 100 YARDS. IN ADDITION THEY WERE ALSO HIT
            HARD BY OTHER THROWN DEBRIS...CUMULATIVELY RESULTING IN
            SIGNIFICANT INJURY TO THEIR PERSONS.
* FATALITIES:  2 KNOWN ON THIS SEGMENT OF THE STORM. 2 FATALITIES WERE
               RESIDENTS OF A MOBILE HOME WHO TRIED TO FLEE SAID
               RESIDENCE...BUT UPON DOING SO GOT IN THEIR CAR.
               THE TORNADO PICKED UP THE CAR AND THREW IT INTO A
               PROPANE TANK...AND BOTH PASSENGERS DIED AS A RESULT.
* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE:  IT MUST BE STRESSED THAT THIS IS ONLY A
PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT FOR THE SHORT SEGMENT OF THIS TORNADO IN
NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY MISSOURI ONLY. MORE EXTENSIVE ADDITIONAL
ASSESSMENTS FOR THE OVERALL TRACK OF THIS TORNADO WILL BE
FORTHCOMING. IN ADDITION TO THE AFOREMENTIONED REPORT...THREE MOBILE
HOMES WERE ALSO FLATTENED...ONE BRICK HOUSE HAD ITS ROOF AND SEVERAL
WALLS BLOWN OFF...AND NUMEROUS VEHICLES WERE REPORTED TO BE TOSSED
AROUND THE ROAD. 

 ...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR SEGMENT OF TORNADO IN ST. LOUIS OFFICE’S AREA...

...DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR PERRY COUNTY ILLINOIS SEGMENT OF TORNADO...
THE FOLLOWING IS THE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR A TORNADO IN
PERRY COUNTY ILLINOIS.
SPECIAL NOTE: THIS TORNADO TRACK IS ONLY A
SEGMENT OF THE TORNADO THAT AFFECTED PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS.
* EVENT DATE: SATURDAY MARCH 11 2006.
* EVENT TIME: APPROXIMATELY 1140 PM CST.
* EVENT TYPE: F2 TORNADO.
* EVENT LOCATION: 11 MILES WEST OF PINCKNEYVILLE TO 2.5 MILES
  NORTH OF TAMAROA.
* PEAK WIND: 140 MPH.
* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH: 300 YARDS.
* PATH LENGTH: 20 MILES.
* INJURIES: 2.
* FATALITIES: NONE.
* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THERE WERE SEVERAL EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE
TORNADO. A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND
DOZENS OF OTHER HOMES WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED. THERE WERE DOZENS OF
BARNS BLOWN DOWN AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF TREES.
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HOOPER/PACKETT

Wayne County, IL F1 tornado 
The following is the preliminary damage assessment for a tornado in southwest
Wayne County Illinois. 

*  Event Date: Saturday March 11, 2006 

*  Event Time: Approximately 1155 PM CST. 

*  Event Type:  F1 Tornado. 

*  Event Location:  5 miles southwest of Wayne City to 4 miles southwest of Wayne City. 

*  Peak Wind:  110 MPH. 

*  Average Path Width:  300 yards.  Maximum width approximately 600 yards. 

*  Path Length:  1 mile. 

*  Injuries:  None. 

*  Fatalities:  None. 

*  Discussion/Damage:  There were several eyewitness accounts of the tornado that touched down just before midnight just to the east of Middleton in southwest Wayne County Illinois.  The damage survey revealed that numerous large trees were uprooted or snapped off.  One house and one well-built school building sustained structural damage when trees fell onto them.  A few mobile homes were overturned and several barns were destroyed.  The tornado produced swirl marks in a field that were still visible 4 days after the tornado.

 


 

Pulaski and Massac County, IL Damaging Wind 

Following is the preliminary damage assessment for the wind event in Pulaski and Massac Counties of southern Illinois:

* EVENT DATE: SUNDAY MARCH 12TH.

* EVENT TIME: 517-535 AM CST.

* EVENT TYPE: STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

* EVENT LOCATION: EXIT 18 OF I-57 AT ULLIN TO THE INTERSECTION OF
                  HIGHWAY 169 AND BOAZ ROAD IN MASSAC COUNTY.

* PEAK WIND: 75 TO 80 MPH

* DAMAGE WIDTH: ONE MILE

* PATH LENGTH:  14-AND-ONE-HALF MILES.

* INJURIES: NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: THE DAMAGE WAS CONTINUOUS FROM ULLIN INTO
EXTREME WESTERN MASSAC COUNTY. DOZENS OF TREES SNAPPED OFF WITH SOME
UPROOTED. THREE OLDER BARNS DESTROYED WITH SEVERAL MORE SEVERELY
DAMAGED. ONE GRAIN BIN DESTROYED. GAS STATION AWNING SEVERELY
DAMAGED. ONE WELL CONSTRUCTED PATIO ROOF DESTROYED. MINOR SIDING
DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AND GARAGES. DOZENS OF HOUSES WITH SHINGLES
BLOWN OFF. ALL THE DAMAGE WAS ORIENTED IN A EASTERLY COMPONENT.

  


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