Tornado Damage Survey Results (with path map and damage photos)

...UPDATED STORM DAMAGE SURVEY FOR JOHNSON...POPE...UNION AND 
WILLIAMSON COUNTIES OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...

FINAL DAMAGE SURVEYS FOR STORM DAMAGE FROM NORTHEAST UNION... 
NORTHERN JOHNSON...EXTREME SOUTHERN WILLIAMSON AND NORTHERN POPE 
COUNTIES REVEALED THE STORM DAMAGE WAS PRIMARILY A RESULT OF 
TORNADOES. FURTHERMORE...THE DAMAGE TRACK WAS NON CONTINUAL FOR A 
FEW MILES ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE LAKE OF EGYPT.  AS A RESULT 
THE EVENT WILL NOW BE CLASSIFIED AS 2 TORNADOES. NOTE THAT F SCALE 
RATINGS ARE BASED ON THE PEAK INTENSITY DURING A GIVEN DAMAGE TRACK. 

THE FOLLOWING ARE DETAILS OF THE MONDAY OCTOBER 18, 2004 EVENT...
 
EVENT NUMBER 1...
 
* EVENT LOCATION: SEE PATH MAP BELOW. 5 MI NW OF GOREVILLE, IL
                   (THROUGH SOUTHERN PART OF THE LAKE OF EGYPT)
                  TO 4 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF GOREVILLE, IL
                   
* EVENT: F2 TORNADO WITH ASSOCIATED DOWNBURST     

* ESTIMATED TIME: 7:16 PM (5 NORTHWEST OF GOREVILLE)  
                  UNTIL 7:35 PM (4 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF GOREVILLE)

* PEAK WIND:  120 MPH (SOUTHWEST SIDE OF LAKE OF EGYPT)

* DAMAGE AREA DIMINENSIONS:  250 YARDS WIDE BY 9 MILE LENGTH 

* INJURIES:  2 CONFIRMED (32 YR. OLD MALE AND 1 FEMALE AT LAKE OF
             EGYPT - MOBILE HOMES)

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DAMAGE PER LOCATION: 

  NORTHEAST UNION/NORTHWEST JOHNSON: SEVERAL FARM IMPLEMEMENT
            BUILDINGS DAMAGED OR DESTOYERD/NUMEROUS TREES
            DOWN/TRACTOR TRAILOR OVERTURNED
  
  PULLEYS MILL: DOZENS OF LARGE TREES TOPPED OR UPROOTED; 
                1 HOME WITH PARTIAL ROOF DAMAGE AND 1 GARAGE ROOF PEELED
                UTILITY LINES DOWNED

  LAKE OF EGYPT: DOZENS OF MOBILE HOMES,BARNS,AND SHEDS DAMAGED.
                 AT LEAST 3 MOBILE HOMES DESTROYED.    
                 
  
EVENT NUMBER 2...

* EVENT LOCATION: 3 MILES NORTH OF TUNNEL HILL, IL  
                  TO 2 MILES NORTH OF EDDYVILLE, IL
            
* EVENT: F2 TORNADO WITH ASSOCIATED DOWNBURST     

* ESTIMATED TIME: 7:43 PM (3 MILES NORTH OF TUNNEL HILL)
                  UNTIL 8:04 PM (2 MILES NORTH OF EDDYVILLE)

* PEAK WIND:  120 MPH (1 MILE NORTHEAST OF BELL SMITH SPRINGS)

* DAMAGE AREA DIMINENSIONS:  300 YARDS WIDE BY 14 MILE LENGTH 

* INJURIES:  NONE

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DAMAGE PER LOCATION: 

  3 MILES NORTH OF TUNNEL HILL: 1 MOBILE HOME DESTROYED; 1 DAMAGED
  
  OZARK:  FEW SMALL BRANCHES DOWN IN TOWN AND LARGE TREES DOWN 1 TO 2 MILES 
  EAST OF OZARK. 

  1 MILE NORTHEAST OF BELL SMITH SPRINGS: HUNDREDS OF LARGE TREES
  SNAPPED AND UPROOTED.    
 
  2 MILES NORTH OF EDDYVILLE: A FEW TREES DOWNED; 1 MOBILE HOME DAMAGED.   

$$
SHANKLIN/ PRESLEY/ FRIEDLEIN 

Damage photos, radar image, and path map:

Photo 1...Barn damaged just northeast of Interstate 24 along Johnson/Williamson County line. Click on photo for full size.

Damaged barn

Photo 2...Mobile home destroyed at Lake of Egypt in extreme northern Johnson County. The photo was taken from the foundation, 50 to 75 yards away. This is where the tornado was at F-2 intensity, and where one of the injuries occurred. Click for full size.

Destroyed mobile home

Photo 3...Photo of another destroyed mobile home at Lake of Egypt, taken from a distance. Click for full size.

Destroyed mobile home with debris field.

Photo 4...Extensive tree damage about 1 mile northeast of Bell Smith Springs, in the Shawnee National Forest. This is a few miles northwest of Eddyville in Pope County. The photo was taken facing west, the direction from which the tornado came. Very large trees were snapped or uprooted in this swath of F-2 damage. Click for full size.

Swath of tree damage in the Shawnee National Forest

Photo 5...This photo was taken in about the same location as the previous one. This photo was taken from the edge of the tree damage swath. Click for full size.

Photo of tree damage swath

Radar image...The hook-shaped area of intense precipitation indicates the strong rotation in the thunderstorm. The center of rotation was approaching the junction of Interstates 24 and 57 at this time. The purple lines are interstates. Click for full size.

Radar image of the tornadic storm, showing the hook echo.


Tornado path map - 10/18/04


Click here for a summary of storm reports elsewhere across our area. Surveys conducted in Wayne and Bollinger Counties of southeast Missouri on Wednesday revealed no damage.

 


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