APRIL, 2002 TORNADOES 

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WAYNE COUNTY, IL ---- APRIL 21, 2002

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Map of the Tornado Path Damage Pictures Tornado Pictures
The tornado entered Wayne County about a half mile north of Illinois Route 15, then proceeded to move northeast to a point about 1.5 miles north of Wayne City. The tornado then paralleled Route 15 just north of Sims. The tornado continued moving east toward Fairfield, and passed through the southern part of Fairfield with F-3 intensity winds. The tornado then travelled slightly south of east toward Golden Gate. The tornado weakened east of Golden Gate and finally dissipated in extreme eastern Wayne County near Ellery. The sole fatality occurred 4 miles west of Wayne City, when a 47-year-old man was killed inside his mobile home. Of the 42 hospital-treated injuries, 13 were critical. A total of 35 homes were destroyed, and 16 received major damage. The average wind speed in the tornado was 130 to 170 MPH, with peak winds at or approaching 200 MPH. The F-3 damage was located near Sims, southern sections of Fairfield, near Merriam, and areas west and north of Wayne City. Vehicles were picked up and deposited in houses. Well-constructed houses lost roofs and some walls. Weaker structures, including a tavern near Sims, were demolished. Photos, original storm assessment report, and path map here.

 

CARTER AND BUTLER COUNTY, MO ---- APRIL 24, 2002

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Map of the Tornado Path Damage Pictures Tornado Pictures

The tornado damage path began on the west side of Van Buren, right along the Current River, and crossed U.S. Route 60 very close to the Current River bridge. Two businesses in Van Buren, a lodge and a restaurant, were heavily damaged by F-2 intensity winds  The tornado travelled southeast across hilly and forested terrain until reaching the community of Ellsinore. Damage on the south side of Ellsinore was severe, where about 7 businesses were destroyed. Most of the damage at Ellsinore, which was inflicted by F-4 intensity winds, occurred along and near U.S. Highway 60. Across Carter County, 13 homes were destroyed and 12 homes suffered major damage. The tornado then moved into the Mark Twain National Forest and crossed into Butler County north of Highway 60. 

The tornado crossed into Butler County in the Mark Twain National Forest, then proceded east-southeast, passing 6 to 7 miles north of Poplar Bluff. An upscale residential subdivision beyond the northern outskirts of Poplar Bluff, just off U.S. Route 67, received extensive damage. At least two well-constructed homes were levelled by peak winds estimated around 210 MPH. A total of 50 homes were destroyed in Butler County, 16 others received major damage, and 30 homes received minor damage. Most of the damaged homes were north of Poplar Bluff. Total damage figures for Butler County included timber losses in the national forest. The total number of injuries requiring hospital care that were directly attributed to the storm was 16. Five of the injured were admitted in critical condition. There were no fatalities from the storm. A woman who lived off U.S. Highway 67 took shelter in her bathtub. She reported that she and the bathtub were blown about 200 feet. She was reportedly found in the median of the highway. She was treated for a cracked sternum, broken ribs, a broken toe, and bruised lungs. In another incident on Highway 67, a large chunk of asphalt was blown through a vehicle's window, striking one of the people inside. The car was extensively damaged when it was blown off the road, but the 3 people inside received only cuts and bruises. Original storm assessment report here.

 

BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO to HOPKINS COUNTY, KY ---- APRIL 28, 2002

Damage Survey Photos and Radar Images
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Southern Illinois Damage Photos (Union, Johnson) and Radar Images

Bollinger County Damage Photos
Bollinger County Tornado Path Map

Union County, IL details

Map of counties in the Paducah CWA.

April 28 - Bollinger County, MO

This strong tornado with peak winds near 180 MPH touched down in a rural area southwest of Marble Hill. A total of 19 residences were severely damaged, and 6 were destroyed. Approximately 10 of the residences were mobile homes and 15 were single-family homes. Another 50 outbuildings, such as barns and sheds, were destroyed or damaged. Seven people were inside a house that was demolished. One of the victims, a 12-year-old boy, was thrown about 50 yards from the house and fatally injured. Several others in the immediate area, possibly the other occupants of the house, were thrown into a nearby lake and swam to safety. Of the 16 people injured in the tornado, four were air lifted to hospitals with serious injuries. Cars were stacked atop cars. Several residents were trapped inside the debris of their homes for up to 3 hours. The large number of trees down across roads delayed the arrival of rescue teams. More details, including original storm report.

April 28 - Dongola to Cypress, IL (Union/Johnson Co.)

The tornado first touched down in very hilly terrain in the Shawnee National Forest and then tracked east, crossing Route 127 just north of Mill Creek. The tornado then directly struck the community of Dongola, where most of the damage and casualties occurred. A 69-year-old woman was killed as she was attempting to flee her mobile home. The woman had just gotten into her car, started the engine, and turned the lights on when the tornado struck. She was blown away from the car and found dead under a structure across the road from where the vehicle was parked and still running. Elsewhere in the Dongola area, a train was blown off the tracks. Several wood houses were demolished, and seven double-wide trailers were destroyed. Approximately 75 homes were damaged. A recreational vehicle was tossed across Lake Dongola and impaled into the ground. The tornado entered Johnson County near Cypress and was on the ground for only a few miles in Johnson County. Cypress was impacted directly, where about 50 structures were damaged, including a school. The school lost portions of upper story walls and the roof. Two trailers were destroyed. More details, including original storm assessment report.

April 28 - Providence, KY to northern Hopkins Co., KY

The tornado crossed southern Webster County, producing major damage as it paralleled Highway 120 through Providence. About two dozen persons were injured, and they were transported by ambulance to regional hospitals. One person was critically injured. The tornado produced F-3 damage in Providence, then weakened to an F-2 tornado just east of the city limits. The tornado struck a mobile home park in Providence, destroying 16 of the 20 mobile homes there. About 10 permanent homes were destroyed, and about 100 more homes were damaged. The tornado crossed into Hopkins County just west-northwest of Nebo, and finally lifted after moving through Hanson. The tornado was rated at F-3 intensity in the Nebo area, where four chicken houses were blown off their foundations. About 45,000 chickens were left in the debris. Damage to one chicken facility was estimated between one and two million dollars. The tornado weakened as it progressed across the county. About 10 to 15 residences were significantly damaged. More details, including original storm assessment report.

 

Original Storm Summary for April 28th events

ABUS34 KPAH 302134
PNSPAH

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
435 PM CDT TUE APR 30 2002
 
...SUMMARY OF EVENTS FOR APRIL 28TH 2002...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE 8 TORNADOES AND THE STRAIGHT LINE WIND 
EVENT THAT OCCURRED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING...APRIL 28TH 2002. THIS 
INFORMATION IS BASED ON THE LATEST AERIAL AND GROUND SURVEYS AND 
SUPERSEDES ALL PREVIOUS INFORMATION. 

FRANKLIN COUNTY ILLINOIS:
    MICROBURST
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEEDS: 90 MPH
    TIME OF DAMAGE: 1220 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 1/2 MILE
    PATH LENGTH: 3 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: NONE 
    DAMAGE AREA: 1 MILE SOUTH OF SESSER IL...TO 2 MILES EAST OF      
                 SESSER IL.

BOLLINGER COUNTY MISSOURI
    F3 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEEDS 180 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 1240 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 150-200 YARDS
    PATH LENGTH: 4 MILES
    FATALITIES: 1 (12 YR OLD BOY) 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARBLE HILL   
                MO.
    INJURIES: 16
    DAMAGE AREA: 6 TO 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARBLE HILL MO.

SALINE COUNTY ILLINOIS
    F2 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 130 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 109 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 8 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: 3
    DAMAGE AREA: 1 MILE WEST OF GALATIA IL TO 7 MILES EAST OF        
                 GALATIA IL.

UNION COUNTY...JOHNSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
    F3 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 180 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 123 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 400 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 19 MILES
    FATALITIES: 1 (69 YR OLD WOMAN) IN DONGOLA ILLINOIS (UNION       
                COUNTY)             
    INJURIES: 6 
    DAMAGE AREA: 4 MILES WEST OF MILL CREEK TO 1 MILE EAST OF        
                 CYPRESS.
    
SOUTHEASTERN JOHNSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
    F2 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 130 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 152 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 400 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 7 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: 2
    DAMAGE AREA: 3 MILES SOUTH OF VIENNA IL TO GANNTOWN IL.

POPE COUNTY ILLINOIS...LIVINGSTON COUNTY KENTUCKY
    F3 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 190 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 202 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 24 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: 1
    DAMAGE AREA: 1 MILE SOUTH OF DIXON SPRINGS IL TO 5 MILES EAST OF 
                 JOY KY.

WESTERN CRITTENDEN COUNTY KENTUCKY
    F1 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 80 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 238 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 100 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 2 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: NONE
    DAMAGE AREA: 1 MILE NORTH OF SHERIDAN KY. 

CENTRAL CRITTENDEN COUNTY KENTUCKY
    F1 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 90 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 243 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 1 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: NONE
    DAMAGE AREA: 4 TO 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF MARION KY.

EASTERN CRITTENDEN COUNTY...WEBSTER COUNTY...HOPKINS COUNTY KENTUCKY 
    F3 TORNADO
    ESTIMATED MAX WIND SPEED: 200 MPH
    ESTIMATED TIME OF TOUCHDOWN: 250 AM CDT
    DAMAGE PATH WIDTH: 880 YARDS    
    PATH LENGTH: 25 MILES
    FATALITIES: NONE
    INJURIES: 26 (IN WEBSTER COUNTY)
    DAMAGE AREA: 7 MILES WEST OF PROVIDENCE KY TO JUST SOUTHEAST OF  
                 HANSON KY.

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A complete rundown of all storm events is in the Storm Data report for April.

 


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