NWS confirms tornado near Cambridge and Atkinson (IL)

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The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down May 14th in Hnery County, Illinois.

Tornado summary

The twister had winds up to 110 mph and was on the ground for 4.3 miles.

Here’s an excerpt from the NWS damage survey that shows some significant damage took place:

AN EF-1 TORNADO MOVED THROUGH RURAL HENRY COUNTY ILLINOIS LAST 
THURSDAY NIGHT, MAY 14TH. THE TORNADO BEGAN AROUND 1016 PM CDT, AND
CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AT A FARMSTEAD, WITH ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WINDS
OF 110 MPH. THE TORNADO NEARLY COMPLETELY DESTROYED A 70 FOOT CONCRETE
SILO, SNAPPED THE TRUNK OF A LARGE TREE, COMPLETELY DESTROYED TWO
HORSE SHEDS, AND DAMAGED AN EQUIPMENT SHED. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED 
RAPIDLY NORTHEAST ALONG AN INTERMITTENT FOUR AND A QUARTER MILE PATH,
AND CAUSED TREE AND OUTBUILDING DAMAGE AT TWO OTHER FARMSTEADS. THE
TORNADO LIFTED AROUND 1020 PM CDT. TIMES AND BEGIN/END LOCATIONS WERE
ESTIMATED BY RADAR. FIELD ASSISTANCE BY THE HENRY COUNTY EMERGENCY 
MANAGER AND OEM VOLUNTEERS TO COMPLETE THE REMOTE SURVEY IS GREATLY 
APPRECIATED.

This is the second tornado near Cambridge, IL, this season.

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