Tornado Timeline

April 16, 2015: A week ago, severe weather slammed the Stateline, with a total of 7 confirmed tornadoes in our area alone (11 total throughout Illinois). The National Weather Service has completed their damage survey, so here’s a final look at where and when each tornado touched down.

The paths of each tornado from last week's outbreak. Courtesy: National Weather Service

The paths of each tornado from last week’s outbreak. Courtesy: National Weather Service

6:37 pm: EF-0 Cherry Valley tornado touches down. The tornado is on the ground for 3 minutes, with winds at 65 mph. The tornado travels nearly 3 miles.

6:39 pm: EF-4 tornado forms near Franklin Grove. With winds up to 200 mph, the tornado travels 30 miles into southern Ogle Co., and is on the ground for 40 minutes.

7:05 pm: EF-0 tornado touches down in eastern Ogle Co., east of Lindenwood. This is one of the EF-4’s satellite tornadoes. The twister is on the ground for 3 minutes, and travels nearly 2 miles.  Winds reach 65 mph.

7:15 pm: EF-1 tornado forms between Kirkland and Belvidere. Winds hit 110 mph as the tornado travels almost 4 miles.  This is the second satellite tornado from the EF-4 storm, and lasts 6 minutes.

7:24 pm: EF-0 tornado touches down shortly after the EF-4 lifted. This tornado formed south of Belvidere, and lasted 1 minute. Winds reached 85 mph.

7:25 pm: EF-1 tornado hits I-90 and the Summerfield Zoo. This tornado formed from the same storm that created the EF-4, and touched down after the EF-4 lifted. Winds reached 110 mph as the tornado was on the ground for 6 minutes.

7:50 pm: EF-0 tornado forms southeast of Harvard in McHenry Co. The tornado had winds near 90 mph, traveled 1/3 of a mile, and lasted 1 minute.

There are still plenty of ways to help out the tornado victims.  Check with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army to see how you can help.

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on April 16, 2015

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