(KSDK) - National Weather Service survey crews have confirmed that several tornadoes hit our portion of the Midwest on Thursday.
With estimated winds of about 120 mph the strongest tornado was rated as an EF2 and touched down near Martinsburg, Ill. at about 2:25 p.m. tracking east-northeast before lifting near Detroit, Ill. at about 2:35 p.m. The length of the path was about 12 miles and the width of the tornado estimated at about 80 yards.
The tornado damaged several homes and machine sheds, two empty grain bins and a facility for hogs. It also caused extensive tree damage including a number of 30 to 40 foot tall pine trees which were snapped off at their base.
The NWS now confirms that an EF1 tornado with winds estimated at 105 mph and about 50 yards wide touched down in southeast Madison County, Ill. three miles northeast of Highland and remained on the ground for 12 miles before lifting three miles southwest of Greenville, Ill. in Bond County. The initial touchdown of the tornado produced window, roof, and tree damage to a home northeast of Highland. It also completely destroyed a metal storage building, multiple trees, and a farm building along Pokey Road.
An EF1 also touched down in Montgomery County in Ill. The tornado left a path 6.3 miles long and 50 yards wide at its widest point. It initially touched down 4 miles southeast of Nokomis at 4:09 p.m. and lifted five minutes later 7.7 miles east of Nokimis at 4:14 p.m. Primary damage was to farm buildings and trees, it also destroyed a high voltage electrical transmission tower.
They also say an EF1 tornado about 50 yards wide and with winds estimated at 105 mph touched down in Fayette County, Ill. about 2.5 northwest of Brownstown and stayed on the ground for about four miles before lifting five miles north-northeast of Brownstown. The tornado destroyed a a large machine shed and part of a barn.
Effingham County in Illinois also had an EF1 tornado with peak winds of 95mph touch down near Shumway, IL.