NWS confirms EF-1 tornado formed in White Co.

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado formed in White Co.
Published: Mar. 31, 2022 at 2:50 PM CDT
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WHITE CO., Ill. (WFIE) - The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado touched down in White County during the line of storms that hit the Tri-State on Wednesday evening.

NWS officials released their preliminary data on Thursday, saying that peak winds got up to 100 miles per hour in Carmi.

White County Emergency Management Director Patrick Scates says the strong wind speeds led to many trees falling down on homes and cars.

In one instance, Scates says an uprooted tree also pulled out a gas main, forcing them to shut down the road for several hours.

He says a barn at one of the local schools was also torn apart and thrown about 400 yards in both directions.

Ultimately though, Scates says there were no injuries and the damage isn’t catastrophic.

“I say minor damage,” he said. “It’s major when it’s your roof or your tree down in your yard, but we consider ourselves very lucky.”

Scates says they will be working on clean-up efforts for the next week or so.

Click here to read more details about the tornado event.

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