Taylorville tornado classified as EF-3 as cleanup continues

The National Weather Service has classified the tornado that came through Taylorville Saturday as an EF-3, making it the strongest one to touch down in the town since NWS began keeping records in 1950. National Weather Service senior meteorologist James Auten and two other NWS meteorologists spent Sunday and Monday assessing damage in Christian County…

U.S. Had Its 10th Tornado Death of 2018 Last Weekend, But This Year is Still on Pace to Finish With the Fewest Tornado Deaths Since 1875

Tornadoes have been responsible for 10 deaths in the United States in 2018, which is lower than the final number of tornado-related deaths in any year dating to 1875. The current record stands at 12 such deaths in 1912, followed by 15 in 1986, according to data from NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. Nine tornadoes…

Lewistown tornado leaves its mark

LEWISTOWN — Bill Nayden watched a tornado hit his Native Trails Winery on Saturday. On Sunday he was caught up in a whirlwind — a welcome one of activity — as friends and family came from as far as Chicago to help with cleanup. “I was in the winery when it hit,” said Nayden, 69.…

Tornado damage reported near Lewistown, flooding in Pekin

LEWISTOWN — Heavy storms that rolled through central Illinois Saturday evening brought more than rain and hail. Those storms also brought tornado damage. Two miles southeast of Lewistown, the Native Trails Winery got hit. Bill Nayden, 69, the owner of the four-year-old winery, was inside the main building (a large metal shed) serving three customers…

The National Weather Service determined a tornado went through west Dothan early Sunday morning

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY)- Meteorologists from the National Weather Service surveyed the damage in west Dothan. They saw multiple downed trees, a roof that was blown off, a flipped car, and a severely damaged garage door. The meteorologists were looking at the position of the downed trees and debris, as well as the magnitude of the…

Tornadoes Spawned From Strong Thunderstorms in Plains Leave 1 Dead in Missouri, Extensive Damage in Oklahoma

Strong thunderstorms tore across the Plains Friday into Saturday morning, spawning at least four tornadoes that caused extensive damage in Oklahoma and killed one person in a southwestern Missouri. Fire Chief Robert Ward told KYTV that one person inside an Aurora, Missouri, motel was killed as a storm passed through. The National Weather Service confirmed…