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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 12:16 PM CDT on May 25, 2015



... NWS damage survey for 05/24/15 Eliza area tornado...


.Eliza area tornado...

Rating: EF-2
estimated peak wind: 115 mph
path length /statute/: 6.7 miles
path width /maximum/: 50 yards
fatalities: 0
injuries: 0

Start date: may 24 2015
start time: 650 PM CDT (estimated by witnesses)
start location: 5 N New Boston / Mercer / IL
start lat/lon: 41.2527/ -90.9853

End date: may 24 2015
end time: 7 PM CDT (estimated)
end location: 4 S Illinois City / Mercer / IL
end_lat/lon: 41.3309/ -90.9085

Survey summary: the tornado moved northeast... damaging mainly
trees and outbuildings along its path. The worst damage was
near the beginning of the path... where a large machine shed
was completely destroyed... 2 garages were destroyed... and a
house was partially unroofed. Witnesses described blinding
rain accompanying the tornado.


Ef scale: the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes into
the following categories based on the damage they cause.

EF0... weak... ... 65 to 85 mph
EF1... weak... ... 86 to 110 mph
EF2... strong... .111 to 135 mph
EF3... strong... .136 to 165 mph
EF4... violent... 166 to 200 mph
EF5... violent... >200 mph

Note: the information in this statement is preliminary and
subject to change pending final review of the event and
publication in NWS storm data.


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