... Preliminary damage survey results confirm short-lived tornado in
Mount Olive Illinois...
* maximum ef-scale rating: EF-2
* fatalities: none
* injuries: 3 minor
* begin time/location: 05/20/2013 1014 PM
* end time/location: 05/20/2013 1015 PM
* maximum estimated wind speed: 135 mph
* path length: approximately .20 mile
* maximum path width: 75 yards
* discussion/damage: preliminary survey results indicate a tornado
touched down in the downtown portion of Mount Olive and traveled
east. The damage path was 4 blocks long and ranged from 50-75
yards wide. The second story of a brick building was blown
off... large sections of several roofs were blown 2 blocks to the
north... a historic 2 story home had the roof blown off... and
windows were blown out of several homes and businesses.
This preliminary information was determined by a National
Weather Service survey team and is subject to change pending
final review of the event and publication in National Weather
Service storm data.
This information can also be found on our website at
www.Weather.Gov/lsx. More information will be available at
a later date when surveys have been completed.
For reference... the Enhanced Fujita scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:
EF0... wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1... wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2... wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3... wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4... wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5... wind speeds greater than 200 mph