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Tornadoes touched down in Washington County

By David Hotle | May 19, 2017



The National Weather Service has confirmed that a pair of EF-1 tornadoes with wind speeds of up to 110 mph touched down in Washington County during a series of severe storms Wednesday.

No injuries were reported as a result of the tornadoes, but the weather service report said that trees and farm outbuildings were damaged by the twisters.

The first tornado was reported in Lake Darling State Park in Jefferson and Washington counties. According to reports, at between 4:16 and 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, the tornado touched down and moved almost exactly due north. The estimated peak wind speeds were 110 mph and the path length was 3.27 miles. The maximum width of the base of the tornado was 25 yards across. The report said trees and outbuildings were damaged.

The second tornado was reported to have hit between 6:36 and 6:42 p.m. in rural Riverside. The estimated peak wind speed was 110 mph and the path length was 5.95 miles long. The width of the base was calculated to be 40 yards. The report said the tornado touched down and tracked northeast. It reportedly damaged numerous outbuildings, power lines, and trees in the path.

According to the Enhanced Fujita scale, an F1 tornado is considered a moderate tornado that spins at between 85 and 110 mph.

The report also said the storm caused tornadoes in Galva, Sherrard and Hooppole, Illinois. In Galva, a tornado reportedly completely removed the roof of a house. One injury was reported.

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